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Address to a haggis

Posted By admin On January 25, 2010 @ 2:57 pm In Social | No Comments

Bring out the whisky, tartan and haggis - it’s Robert Burns Night (also called Robbie Burns or Burns Night).

Today, Scottish people - and many Scottish enthusiasts and revellers around the world - will celebrate the birth of the great poet and lyricist known as “Scotland’s favourite son.”

And the etiquette for the evening?

Apart from whisky and [1] haggis, Burns Night festivities can be as formal or informal as you like. The key is to drink, eat and be merry with friends and family. [2] Robert Burns is considered by many as Scotland’s greatest national poet — both his songs and poems are celebrated far and wide. It is said that Burns Night is the most widely celebrated National Day in Scotland.

Traditional [3] Burns Night festivities include:

- a welcome from the host/ess or grace

- the piping of the haggis, when the “pudden” is ceremoniously brought in the dining room

- reading of [4] Address to a Haggis, written by Burns - the haggis is then cut open with a knife. Diners then tuck into the haggis and traditional trimmings (continues below)

[5] Portrait of Robert Burns who died at the young age of 37

The celebrated poet and lyricist: portrait of Robert Burns who died at the young age of 37

- singing and clearing of the meal, followed by the [6] Immortal Memory address, which is a tribute of Burns’ readings and works

- a toast to the lassies, and a suitable response - both lighthearted and somewhat saucy, all in good fun

- more toasts and speeches and readings of Burns’ works

- the evening is not complete without a ceilidh and auld lang syne - traditional Scottish dance and song

A merry Burns Night to you and yours! In the words of Burns final lyrics from Auld Lang Syne (which many people traditionally associate with ringing in of the New Year):

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere! (And there is a hand, my trusty friend!)
And gie’s a hand o’ thine! (And give me a hand of yours!)
And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught, (And we will take a right good-will drink,)
For auld lang syne. (For old long past.)

[7] Auld Lang Syne

“Piping in of the Haggis” Photo (1958):  source

Portrait of Robert Burns: [8] source

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URLs in this post:
[1] haggis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haggis
[2] Robert Burns: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Burns
[3] Burns Night festivities: http://www.scotland.org/about/history-tradition-and-roots/features/culture/burns-immortal.html#tradi

[4] Address to a Haggis: http://www.worldburnsclub.com/poems/translations/address_to_a_haggis.htm
[5] Image: http://mienmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/robert-burns.jpg
[6] Immortal Memory address: http://www.scotland.org/about/innovation-and-creativity/features/culture/immortal-memory.html
[7] Auld Lang Syne: http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/mp3s/4000/4410/cusb-cyl4410d.mp3
[8] source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8623220@N02/3449543485

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