Tonight (25th January) marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. Find out about his life and poetry, the Burns supper, and this year’s festivities here!
Around the world tributes to Robert Burns are held through the ritual of the Burns Supper. Originally started a few years after his death by a group of his friends and acquaintances to honour his memory, the suppers are now celebrated annually on the date of his birth, 25th January.
The website list.co.uk made a wee selection of all the events where you can celebrate Burns Night in Edinburgh. If you want to try out a Burns Supper, a poetry reading or a Ceilidh check out this list now!
The centrepiece of any good Burns Supper is the iconic haggis, or as the bard himself described it, the ‘great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race’.
You can find 9 famous Scottish recipes to celebrate Burns Night on this website.
Whisky is the usual choice at Burns Suppers. Contrary to popular belief, adding a little water to your malt may improve rather than dilute the flavour, although some whisky drinkers may not take kindly to watering down their drams!
What to wear
If you’re hosting this event at home then literally anything goes, but it is definitely recommended that you wear at least a little bit of tartan! Whether it be a tartan hat, a tartan tie, or the full kilt get-up, it’s entirely up to you.
Traditional recitals on the evening include the ‘Selkirk Grace’ and the ‘Address to a Haggis’. Other recitals on the evening include a speech commemorating Burns and a toast to the great man, known as the ‘Immortal Memory’, the ‘Address to the Laddies’ and, of course, the ‘Reply from the Lassies’, which are normally created especially for the evening.