It is time to celebrate Scotland’s national Bard – Burns Night 2018
On January the 25th, Scotland celebrates a man who is regarding as our national Poet – Robert Burns. Born in Ayrshire on the 25th of January 1759, “Rabbie” would eventually be celebrated around the world. Here in Scotland, we generally raise a toast to the great man with some Haggis and Whisky.
Burns was born in the quaint Ayrshire town of Alloway, his upbringing was mired in poverty and hardship. He worked on farmland for much of his early life and it was here that Burns developed his skill for writing poetry. Burns was no ordinary poet, although writing in English, Burns developed his own style by choosing to write using a Scots dialect.
As well his writing, Burns’s collected poems from around Scotland, then adapted them. One of his most famous song is Auld Lang Syne, is normally sung on Hogmanay. Other poems and songs associated with Burns include A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Mouse" and "Tam o' Shanter".
So what does Burns night involve? Well, some people will celebrate with a Burns Supper, this generally includes some good old Scottish cooking, a dram or two and a speech. Haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) is normally the dish of choice. So what is haggis, well it’s onion, oatmeal, suet (raw beef or lamb fat), spices, salt and stock mixed, all served inside the stomach of a sheep!. For desert, one option is a traditional Cranachan, then cheese and oatcakes. All washed down with a wee dram of whisky Yum!
If at a Burns gathering, the main meal will normally by presented to you with a piper playing the bagpipes. Speeches are also associated with festivities and tradition dictates that an Address to the Haggis is said before the meal. So when the 25th of January comes, join us and raise a glass to one of the most famous Scottish man.
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