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What Is Burns Night and why celebrate it?

What do we know about Burns Night and why do we celebrate it? As our first traditional Burns Night Celebration approaches, we got to thinking that we don’t actually know much about it – I mean, why haggis? Who was Burns? So, here is a little guide to enlighten us all! What is Burns Night? Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25th. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. His best-known work is Auld Lang Syne. Why Haggis? Burns's ode To a Haggis is recited before the haggis is carved and served to guests. That’s why it’s important! What does Neeps and Tatties mean? While it is eaten all year round, haggis is particularly associated with Burns Night, when it is traditionally served with "neeps and tatties" (Scots: swede, yellow turnip or rutabaga and potatoes, boiled and mashed separately) and a "dram" (i.e. a glass of Scotch whisky). What does Haggis taste like? It should taste like a gamey loose meat casserole. Suffice it to say it's a mix of ground meat and oats, which is stuffed into and cooked in a sheep's stomach. So if you like the sounds of a great 5 course menu, pipers, poems, music and a dram (or 4) of Whiskey – all with a Black Tie dress code, then dust off your kilt and book a table at only £40 per head, by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call in and speak to Danny Lucas, the General Manager. PROGRAMME OF EVENTS Introduction by Master of Ceremonies – Andrew Nicholson The Selkirk Grace Halesome Farin’ Cock-a-Leekie Soup Address to the Haggis – George Nicholson accompanied by the Piper and Head Chef John Young Haggis (Warm reekin rich wi Champit Tatties/Neeps) Steak Pie Cranachan A Tassie O’ Coffee Interval Wi a Hundred Pipers an A’ an A’ (Well one Piper playing a Medley) Speeches The Immortal Memory – George Nicholson Let Kings and Courtiers rise and fa’ This world has many tongues But brightly beams abin them a’ The star o’ Rabbie Burns To the Lassies – Duncan Nicholson Nae gentle dames, tho ne’er sae fair Shall ever be my muse’s care, Their titles a’ are empty show; Gie me my Highland Lassie, O! Frae the Lassies – Samantha Pittom I’ll sell my rock, my reel, my tow My gude gray mare and hawkit cow; To buy myself a tartan plaid To follow the boy wi’ The White Cockade. Medley of Songs Auld Lang Syne Close