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

January 23, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

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 January 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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