What is Burns Night?

Today is Burns Night, an evening of Scottish tradition to celebrate their most famous poet, Robert Burns. Since he died in 1796, the holiday has celebrated on his birthday, January 25th, every year, to commemorate his life. So, we thought we’d give you the lowdown on the history behind this popular holiday and how you can join in on the fun:


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Who was Robert Burns?

Burns was a very famous Scottish poet and lyricist, widely known as someone who became THE national poet of Scotland after pioneering the Romantic Movement. After his death in 1796, he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and was there after established as a true cultural icon in Scotland.


What Happens on Burns Night?

Essentially, it’s a night full of whisky, haggis and poetry readings – a proper Scottish kneesup! Traditionally, those who partake are piped in (yes, that’s bagpipes) and then The Selkirk Grace – the prayer of thanks attributed to Burns – is said before dinner. The prayer goes:

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat
Sae let the Lord be thankit.


Thinking About Throwing a Traditional Feast? Here's Your Menu

Starter: Traditional cock-a- leekie soup (a brew or soup)

Main Course: Haggis, neeps & tatties (a savoury pudding containing sheep's heart, liver and lungs - or a vegetarian version for the veggies and squeamish guests! - with mashed potato and turnips)

Dessert: Clottie Dumpling (a steamed pudding prepared in a linen cloth), Typsy Laird (Scottish Sherry Triffle) or a cheeseboard with oatcakes

To Drink: Lashings of wine and ale, along with the true Scots drink of choice: a selection of neat malt whiskies

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