Where will you be spending Burns night?

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Posted by Sarah

Burns Night might not mean much to us to people in England, but in Scotland it’s a pretty big deal. In fact, for a lot of my Scottish friends, Burns Night – which falls this Sunday, January 25th – is more of a celebration than Easter, and definitely more important than Guy Fawkes Night.

I have to say, I don’t like poetry much and Scottish bard Robert Burns is no exception, but I love tucking into a Burns supper every year. My first experience of this was about five years ago, when I went to visit a friend in Edinburgh in late January. Her parents are real traditionalists and insisted that I partake in their annual Burns supper celebrations. We all sat down at the dinner table and her dad recited one of Burns’ most famous poems, My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose, in his lovely mellifluous Scottish accent. Then we tucked into the supper: a hearty feast of haggis, neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes).

Sadly, I won’t make it up to Scotland this year to celebrate Burns Night, but I’m definitely going to make my own supper at home – that’s because this year’s Burns Night is also the 250th anniversary of Burns’ birthday and I’m inviting my friends round for a special dinner. I’m hoping I’ll finally get them to try haggis! I know it doesn’t sound great (sheep’s offal mixed with oatmeal and spices, and boiled in an animal’s stomach) but I think it’s incredibly tasty.

Unfortunately, you can’t get haggis in a lot of places in England but you can order it online now. I’d really encourage people to do so, and experience the warm, fuzzy feeling that Burns Night gives you – or me at least! If you’re free this weekend, maybe you should take a short break to Scotland too, for some first-hand Burns related fun.

However, if a Scottish trip doesn’t appeal, and neither does haggis, I know one steadfast feature of Burns Night that might: copious drinking of whisky!

One response to “Where will you be spending Burns night?

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