Do you celebrate Burns Night? It’s when there is a good mixture of ale, whisky, songs and poetry altogether to honour the life of the bard of Scotland, Robert Burns. It sounds like a great convivial celebration, right? Well, it certainly is, especially for the people of Scotland.
History of Burns Night?
Robert Burns was a Scottish lyricist and poet. Born on 25th January 1759, people considered him as a leader of the Romantic movement. The latter is not only known for his poetry, but also for his original compositions. Although he passed away on 21st July 1796, Burns gained huge popularity in Scotland.
Burn’s Night can be traced back to a supper held by the friends of Robert Burns. It was on 21st July 1801 when they had gathered together to Honour the fifth anniversary of his death. The first Burn’s Night took place at Burns Cottage. That was the founding year of the burns club and there was an arrangement of a supper. The founders thought that Robert Burn’s birthday was on 29th January. Later, they discovered records that showed Burn’s birthday was in fact on 25th January. Since then, people celebrate Burn’s Night on that day.
Burn’s Night Customs & Celebrations
A traditional way to celebrate Burn’s Night is with a Burn’s Dinner. These suppers can be either formal or informal. They may also include friends and family or only friends. Throughout this dinner, they would recite ‘Address to a Haggis’ as well as the ‘Selkirk Grace’. Food and whiskey are also the main components of this supper. Food may include Haggis, Cullen Skink, neeps and tatties. Desserts often include marinated raspberries, whiskey caramels and oatmeal shortbread.
Top Places to Celebrate Burns Night 2019
Joining in the festivities is enjoyable for all, irrespective of your heritage! Why? Because the Scots know well how to put on a party. The following places are proof that Burn's Night 2019 was well celebrated in the UK.
The Ceilidh Club in London offered 3 hours of traditional Scottish dancing. Plus, it offered a neeps and tatties buffet. People who participated had plenty of chances to drink, eat and be merry.
The Birmingham Whisky Club is a specialist tasting room. It is in the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter. The venue hosted an evening of open mic poetry and spoken word ahead of Burns Night. Ciarán Hodgers, one of the region’s most exciting spoken word performers, presented the show.
West End art centre Oran Mor hosted a traditional Scottish celebration. And guess what? It was a complete one with tatties, haggis and piper. Upon arrival, a warming dram greeted the guests at the venue’s bell tower entrance. In the grand auditorium, people got a three-course meal accompanied by live music.
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