In Scotland we love nothing more than a good knees up and a reason to celebrate. Burns night is a date in the calendar (25th January) that all haggis, whisky and bagpipe loving Scots look forward to every year. Packed with tradition and formality a Burns supper is a perfect way to celebrate our very own bard, Rabbie Burns.
If you are thinking about hosting your own supper this year, we have compiled a quick guide to help you with the traditional order of ceremony:
1. Piping in of the guest - The traditional Scottish instrument, the bagpipes, features highly and is the welcoming sound that signifies the start of the evening.
2. The Selkirk Grace - A prayer to usher in the meal.
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
3. Address to the haggis - The loudest most exuberant speaker of the evening will entertain the crowd with a recital of Burns' Address to the Haggis as the haggis enters the room:
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 worthy o' a grace
As lang's my arm....
4. The meal - tuck into Scotland's most famous and traditional meal, haggis, neeps & tatties.
After the meal entertainment, more Burns poems, whisky and great chat usually ensues for the remainder of the night.
Have a great burns night from us all at Angels' Share.
We have also put together a page of gifts that would make any Burns night supper even more spectacular, click here >>