Burns Night

January 25, 2021

Today is a special day for all the Scots around the world as we celebrate Burn’s Night. The night of the 25th of January is traditionally the time we celebrate the birth of our most famous poet Robert Burns. Each year on or around the 25th, Scots gather to hold an event called a Burns Supper where a few traditions are followed.


The supper starts with the guests being piped in by a bagpiper and a few speeches. The famous Selkirk Grace is as follows:

Some hae meat an canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

And sae the Lord be thankit. 


Then follows the piping of the haggis and the “Address to a Haggis” is given:

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace
As lang’s my airm.


The translation of “painch, tripe, or thairm”, signifies the traditional ingredients and method of storing a haggis, as it is made from tripe and cooked in a sheep’s stomach.


The evening is finished off with the traditional farewell song of Auld Lang Syne. I would recommend if you ever get the opportunity to attend a Burns Supper to take this as an opportunity to see a few of the Scottish traditions at first hand.


Traditionally, this would be a day I would wear the kilt at school and hold an assembly about the traditions of Burns Night!

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