Thursday, January 25, 2007

Burns Night

Burns Night

Burns Night is a very popular celebration to honor the birth of Robert Burns, (the Scottish poet-) on January 25, 1759. It is traditional on Burns Night to eat haggis, and to recite the appropriate Robert Burns poem (Address to a Haggis) while consuming. The poem is quite long, so if you have a hard time eating haggis, you will have plenty of time figure out to hide your portion in a napkin.

Before eating you should say the traditional Burns blessing on the haggis-

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
because, you wouldn't want to ungrateful for your haggis, even if you hide it in your napkin.

There are lots of different ways to conduct a Burns Night, but mostly you need to eat Scottish food, read lots of Robert Burns poetry, and end the evening by singing Auld Lang Syne.

Mar sin leibh!

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