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Celebrate Scotland’s national poet and creator of the famous ‘Auld Lang Syne’ on Burns Night

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VisitScotland invites you to join Scots all over the world in having fun and raising a dram to Scotland’s Bard (poet), Robert Burns, on his birthday,25 Januaryhttp://indusatryclub.com.au/ In Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, discover Robert Burns; the Ayrshire ploughman who became one of the world’s best-known poets, and celebrate in the traditions of Robert Burns Night. Share in the warmth and spirit of Scotland; get your pals togetherfor ‘auld lang syne’ or old times’ sake and host your own Burns Supper. It’s a night for all those who feel their ‘heart’s in the Highlands’!

How do you throw a Burns Supper (officially)?

1)       To start – everyone gathers, the host says a few words, everyone sits and the Selkirk Grace is said.

2)       The meal – the starter is served, perhaps cock-a-leekie, the haggis is bagpiped in, the host performs Address to a Haggis, everyone toasts the haggis and the main meal is served, followed by dessert, often Cranachan.

3)       After the meal – the first Burns recital is performed, the Immortal Memory (the main tribute speech to Burns) is given, the second Burns recital is performed, then there’s a Toast to the Lassies, followed by a Reply to the Toast to the Lassies, before the final Burns recital is performed.

4)       To end the night – the host gives a vote of thanks, everyone stands and sings Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and joining hands at the line ‘And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!’.

How do you throw a Burns Supper (unofficially)?

In truth, you can follow as much or as little of this running order as you like.  You can even make your own additions– hold a quiz, add a ceilidh, include a treasure hunt – the most important thing is that everyone gets in the spirit and has a great night!

Impress with Burns quotes and poems!

‘There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.’

‘The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,

Gang aft agley.’

‘But to see her was to love her,

Love but her, and love forever.’

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