VisitScotland: Burns Night 2017
Published on : Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Get everyone together for a night of haggis, whisky and poetry on Burns Night this year, Wednesday 25 January!
With dry January (potentially!) losing its allure at this stage of the month, VisitScotland invites you to join Scots all over the world in raising a dram to Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns, on his birthday, 25 January. In Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, discover some of the traditions and festivities linked to Robert Burns; the Ayrshire ploughman who became one of the world’s best-known poets. Beat the late-January blues by sharing the warmth and spirit of Scotland; get your pals together for ‘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)?
- To start – everyone gathers, the host says a few words, everyone sits and the Selkirk Grace is said.
- The meal – the starter is served, perhaps cock-a-leekie, the haggis is piped in, the host performs Address to a Haggis, everyone toasts the haggis and the main meal is served, followed by dessert, often Cranachan.
- 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.
- 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!’.