Burns Night… it’s likely you’ll have heard of it, but do you really know what it’s all about? If not, you’re missing out on quite the treat – so here is the reason why Scots (and, increasingly, others) celebrate Burns Night every January.
Robert Burns (or Rabbie Burns, or the Bard of Ayrshire) was a Scottish poet who lived from 1759 until 1796. He was born on 25th January, and now, to commemorate his life, Burns Night takes place every year. It’s more than ‘just’ a celebration of a great poet (who just so happens to be the man who wrote ‘Auld Lang Syne’); Burns Night is also when Scots can celebrate their other national treasure – haggis. One of the most famous of all Burns Night traditions is for those about to enjoy their haggis, neeps and tatties (swede and potatoes) to first recite the opening lines of Burns’ poem, ‘Address To A Haggis’ which goes: Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftain o' the Puddin-race!
If you’re planning on livening up a dark January evening with a Burns Night celebration, you might like these ideas for the top things you can do:
The traditional Burns’ Supper includes the aforementioned haggis, neeps, and tatties. Both the neeps and the tatties should be mashed, and the whole thing should be served with a whisky sauce or gravy. Get your Haggis neeps and tatties pack in preparation for the day here
Speaking of whisky - a true favourite of ours here at Fine Scottish Hampers - a bottle should be on the table at all times (perfect for toasting the speeches that will come up later on). Shop our delicious collection of whiskies, perfect for any occasion here
For dessert, you can have a tipsy laird (a whisky based trifle) or a cranachan (a whipped cream, whisky, honey, oats, and raspberry combination) and don’t forget to say the Selkirk Grace before you begin.