Burns Night is an evening that is observed in Scotland on January 25th that celebrates the life and work of famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, who was born on January 25th 1759. Many people outside Scotland and the UK may have never heard of the famous poet, but it is almost positive that most have come across his work, especially his best known poem and song “Auld Lang Syne.”
How Is The Day Celebrated?
Many families, friends and organizations typically get together and hold a Burns Night Supper where they indulge in Scottish favourites including Neeps (Swede), Tatties (Potatoes) and Haggis. Many meals are held in the home, but for those who adore a traditional Scottish affair, the meal takes a formal turn. Firstly the evening starts with the entrance of the haggis joined by the sound of bagpipes. When the haggis is laid upon the table, the host reads the famous poem by Robert Burns named “Address To A Haggis” and when complete, the haggis is sliced and served. The haggis is then washed down with a wee dram or two of whisky and the evening is concluded with the Immortal Memory Toast, where a guest gives a speech to honour the great poet.
Why is Burns Night Celebrated?
Robert Burns is one of Scotland's most important cultural icon's known most commonly as Rabbie Burns. The Scottish feast is simply a celebration of his life and achievements in literature. Burns Night first took place on the day of his death in July 1796, but was then moved to January 25th each year to celebrate his birthday.
Burns Night With Fine Scottish Hampers
In many family homes the traditional Burns Night feast also includes some of the finest food and drink that Scotland has to offer. So why not accompany your Burns Night Supper with a hamper filled with delicious treats? From award winning Scotch Whiskies to make your toast and even a haggis for the main centre piece, our hampers are the perfect touch to any feast.
Image: Rabbie Burns Night Hamper
Image: Whisky Savour Hamper
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