At this time of year, a true Scot will be looking forward to Burns Night on the 25th January and the accompanying celebrations.
Recognised as one of Scotland’s greatest poets, Burns was a huge source of inspiration to the founders of Liberalism and wrote over 550 verses and songs before he died aged just 37-years.
How Is Burn’s Night Celebrated?
A Burns Supper is a celebration of the life of Robert Burns. The first one was originally arranged in 1802 or 1803, the fifth anniversary of his death, by his family and friends as a memorial dinner. Since then, the night has become a world-wide event wherever Scots have emigrated too, enabling the celebration of Scotland’s unique culture and heritage.
What Is the Traditional Burns Supper?
The main attraction of Burns Night is the Burns Supper. This traditionally involves participants wearing their family tartan, listening to bagpipes, reciting the poet’s songs and poems and finishing with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
All this is accompanied by the eating of haggis. A pudding containing sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, which is minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, stock and spices and bound in the animal’s stomach.
Burns describes haggis as the “great chieftain o’ the puddin-‘race” and a traditional Burns Night kicks off with a host reading his “Address to a Haggis”.
Haggis is usually served with mashed neeps and tatties (swedes and potatoes) and is accompanied by downing of tots of whisky.
How to Celebrate Burns Night in 2021?
Great suppers are ruled out for 2021 – so while you may have ordered a haggis and a bottle of scotch to consume at home – you may wish to make your meal and evening more enjoyable by adding some silverware to your table.
We recommend our Silver & Rosewood Peppermill – based on the design of a ships capstan it is 4-inches tall and will grace any table – Scottish or otherwise.
To toast the haggis, we suggest an investment in our Silver Wee Dram Whisky Cup that will bring enjoyment to the drinking of Scotch for many years to come. You can engrave this with a name, a message or perhaps better still a line from the words of Auld Lang Syne:
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet
Finally, the best dressed Scotsman will be wearing his kilt in the tartan of his clan – ensuring that his shirt is adorned with Silver Scottish Saltire Flag Cufflinks – suitably engraved with his name.
To order in time for delivery before Burns Night or at any other time of the year or to ask for advice about engraving please contact us now.