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Burns Night 2024 January 25th

Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, is given full recognition and celebrity status by the Scots on his special day ‘Burns Night’ or Robert Burns Night or Rabbie Burns Day. He was a prolific lyricist, writer & poet who lived from 1759 to 1796 and this is a celebration to mark his life and poetry. The first recorded Burns Supper took place in 1801, The event is observed on the poet’s birthday, January 25th and is celebrated with traditional Scottish customs such as poetry recitations of his work, Scottish songs and music. Scottish cuisine and of course sharing of their famous Scotch whisky!

How Burns Night is Celebrated

Burns Night is a big deal in Scotland and full use is made of the opportunity to celebrate, have fun and experience this culturally rich night. Typically, people come together to celebrate Burns Night in the following ways:

  • A Burns Night Supper:The centrepiece of Burns Night is the ‘Burns Supper’. This is where a traditional Scottish dish is made/eaten called haggis, which is made from sheep’s offal! The haggis is then served with neeps (mashed turnips) and tatties (potatoes) and covered with a whisky sauce.
  • Reciting Burns’ Poetry:People come together to share the works of Robert Burns by reciting his poetry which includes famous pieces like “Address to a Haggis” and the well-known song “Auld Lang Syne.”
  • Enjoying Scottish Music:Many people will enjoy listening to traditional Scottish music, including bagpipe tunes and folk songs and there is also plenty of dancing to a ceilidh which is traditional Scottish dancing!
  • Raising a Toast:Most revellers will be raising a glass (or two!) of Scotch whisky to honour the poet. A traditional toast, known as the “Address to a Haggis,” is often part of the evening.
  • Wearing Traditional Scottish Dress: Many people enjoy the opportunity to don traditional dress such as a kilt and other traditional Scottish clothing in order to immerse themselves completely into the spirit of the event!

Happy Burns Night!

January 24, 2024

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