We’re Hankering for Haggis – It’s Burns Night!

Speedyreg – Burns Night

Imagine being Robert Burns and having your life and works celebrated in such a huge way every single year! Famous for his poetry and songs, we start every year with his classic Auld Lang Syne, then on January 25th we enjoy a Burns Supper and all that goes with it, which is all good stuff, haggis, whisky, fun and laughter!

Burns night is celebrated on January 25th as this was his birthday. The tradition began in 1801, five years after his death, when his friends held a memorial supper for him. Of course it’s grown somewhat since then with millions of people celebrating, not just in Scotland, but all over the world.

It’s a great night to get together with friends and family, so if you’ve never held a Burns Supper before, then why not make 2020 the year you start? We bet it will be the start of a wonderful tradition in your household. Of course you’ll want to do it right, so arm yourself with the collected works of Robert Burns, stock up on Scottish music, order a haggis and make sure you have some fine whisky to share around.

It’s traditional to welcome your guests into your home accompanied by a piper. Now finding someone who can play the bagpipes is going to be a tricky job at the best of times, and finding one who isn’t otherwise engaged on Burns Night is going to be harder still. So the best option is simply to play a recording of bagpipes, that way you can turn it down when the neighbours start to complain.

Before you crack open the haggis and whisky, you can read out The Selkirk Prayer, if you’re not Scottish, you’ll have to do your best to improvise the accent…

Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it,

But we hae meat and we can eat,

And sae the Lord be thankit.

The haggis should then be carried into the room with suitable pomp and more piping and a toast of whisky should be at the ready for the recitation of To a Haggis. Then all that’s left is to stick some good traditional Scottish music on, serve the haggis up with neeps and tatties, periodically recite some Burns and have a fabulous time!

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