If you’re looking for a worthy excuse to get friends and family together in January – Burns Night can be a whole heap of fun as long as everyone’s up for a little poetry, haggis and whisky of course!
Robert Burns (Rabbie Burns) was a Scottish poet and regarded as Scotlands National Poet.
You are most possibly aware of
‘Auld Lang Syne,’ ‘A Red, Red Rose,’ and of course, his infamous ‘Address to a Haggis.’
Traditionally, Burns Night celebrations are large affairs.
The event begins with the guests being welcomed by the sound of bagpipes.
Once everyone has arrived, the host will address them, and The Selkirk Grace – a prayer of thanks commonly attributed to Burns – is joined in by all.
A traditional ‘Burns, supper begins with a hearty first course of Scottish broth, or a Cullen Skink (made with onions, potatoes and smoked haddock). This soup is a local speciality, from the town of Cullen, on the north-
east coast of Scotland.
Then in comes the haggis – on a silver platter. And if you really want to get into the spirit, ensure your guests stand to see it arrive, and it is duly piped in by a piper playing one of Burns’ famous melodies:
And then for the poetry! A speaker should read aloud Burns ‘Address to a Haggis,’ drawing a knife to cut the haggis open as he delivers the line ‘An’ cut you up w’ ready slicht’. Guest’s glasses should be filled with a good Scotch whisky as the Haggis is then toasted.
It’s now time for everyone to tuck into their haggis, alongside another traditional Scottish staple of neeps ‘n’ tatties (turnips and potatoes). This is then followed by a dessert of Cranachan, as well as a fine cheese board… and, of course, more whisky!
My little brother – Robert – ready to ‘carry in the haggis’ at Corby Loyal Rangers Supporters Club
Mr Mc and Robert ready to enjoy the Burns Supper
Burns night at the McIntosh house was a very enjoyable low key evening. We invited our young friend Elsie to share our ‘Cullen Skink’ and ‘Haggis’ a first for Elsie. We didn’t have Cranachan to finish our meal but did enjoy a Scottish Raspberry Triffle.
Of course you can’t celebrate ‘Burns Night’ without a little tartan and so I choose my outfit to fit in with occasion.
Polo neck similar
Tartan skirt M&S – old (similar)
Red boots M&S (similar)
Kate Spade bag (similar)
I do hope you have enjoyed this weeks post.
I would love to hear from you.
With love – Jill x
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