Night celebrates one of Scotland’s greatest
poets- Robert Burns (1759-1796) -
toasting to haggis, eating and drinking a lot, and celebrating the
company of good friends and shared tradition.
known works include "Tam
O’Shanter" and the lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne."
Widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, is the best known
poet writing in the Scots language. A pioneer of the Romantic
movement, he became a source of inspiration
to founders of both liberalism and socialism.
Portrait of Robert Burns
A Burns supper is a
celebration of the life and poetry of
the Burns held on the night of his birth date, January 25.
Burns Suppers follow strict rituals, beginning with the saying of the
hae meat and canna eat,
some wad eat that want it;
we hae meat, and we can eat,
sae let the Lord be thankit.
After that, the main
event comes emerges from the
kitchen. Everyone stands as haggis is brought in on a large dish by the
cook to the accompaniment of a piper playing bagpipes.
After the entire poem is read, the haggis is
cut open, a glass of
Scotch whisky is raised in its honor, and guests line up to serve
themselves a spoonful of the savory meal. It’s usually served
"tatties and neeps," otherwise recognized as mashed potatoes and mashed
Once the haggis is on
the table, the host stands and addresses it
with a full-length poem called "Address to
a Haggis," written by Robert Burns, of course. It begins...
fa' your honest, sonsie face,
chieftain o' the puddin'-race!
them a' ye tak yer place,
tripe, or thairm:
are ye wordy o' a grace
lang's my airm.
Other traditional accompaniments to haggis include cranachan (a
soaked in whisky), oatcakes, and cheese. All of it is washed down with
more and more Scotch whisky.
After the meal, more toasts are given, more poetry is read, and more
is consumed. At the end of the night the guests invariably sing
"Auld Lang Syne."
made from the heart, liver, and lungs of a sheep, ground up
and mixed with onion, oatmeal, suet, stock, and spices, stuffed into
the sheep’s stomach (or a sausage casing), then simmered in
for three hours.
Saltire Flag Pre Tied Bow Tie
Traditional Scottish Haggis
Lang Syne poster