Why Celebrate Burns Night?
Burns Night is the celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. It take place on the his Birthday 25th January every year.
The first ever Burns night took place five years after the Bards death in 1801. A feast of haggis was served along with performances of Burns work and a speech which we now know as the Immortal Memory. It was such a success that the friends decided to continue the tradition the following year but on his birthday and so Burns Night was created.
Burns famously declared Haggis as the “great chieftain o’ the puddin-race” in his Address to the Haggis. They have been linked ever since and this is likely why Haggis was chosen to commemorate the great poet on his birthday.
Address to the Haggis
The Burns proceedings starts with an Address to the Haggis. The haggis is usually pipped in on a silver salver, a guest is invited to recite the poem and the haggis is theatrically cut with a ceremonial knife.
American Musician and poet Bob Dylan sites Burns poem ‘A Red, Red Rose’ as his greatest source of inspiration.
Add a nip of whiskey to your neeps for a delicious flavour.