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> Burns Night: Will You Be Celebrating?, Address To A Haggis And All That
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post 23rd Jan 2011, 11:28pm
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No sooner has Ne'er Day passed and the next important date on Scotland's cultural calendar is fast upon us. Burns' Night suppers have been celebrated in Scotland for over two hundred years, remembering the life and works of Scotland's most-famous poet, and the man who was voted 'The Greatest Ever Scot' in 2009.

Burns Night suppers were originally intimate affairs held in the late 18th century in Alloway, Ayrshire – Robert Burns' home county – by his close friends, to mark the anniversary of the poet's death. The feast, inspired by Burns' famous poem 'Address To a Haggis', are now normally held on the bard's birthday, 25th January.

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According to tradition, Burns suppers can be either formal or informal. Informal suppers typically include haggis, neeps and tatties, as well as prodigious amounts of Scotch whisky. There is also recitation of Burns' poetry. Formal dinners usually end with dancing when ladies are present.

The standard format of a formal Burns Night supper is as follows:
  • Start of the evening
  • Host's welcoming speech
  • Entrance of the haggis
  • Supper
  • Immortal memory
  • Appreciation
  • Toast to the Lassies
  • Reply to the Toast to the Lassies
  • Other toasts and speeches
  • Works by Burns
  • Closing
Will you be celebrating Burns Night with a wee supper ... or even just a toast to the great man? If so, please post your plans and/or experiences below.

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post 23rd Jan 2011, 11:53pm
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Our UCM are having a Social with Buffet on Tuesday night to celebrate.
But there will be no address to the Haggis, and as it will be all lassie's, then there will be no one to toast us. laugh.gif


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post 23rd Jan 2011, 11:58pm
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Martin, I think you'll find more Burns Suppers are held OUTSIDE Scotland than celebrated in!
Between 1982 and 2007 I hardly missed a year but have never celebrated it in Scotland once (sadly)! lol
There will be Burns Suppers all across the globe, on Tuesday night - from Peking to Bangkok - Moscow to Sydney - and in many HUNDREDS of pubs and clubs throughout England.
Haggis being disembowelled, in time honoured fashion.
He is indeed, quite possibly the most famous Scot ever born.
The traditions are almost religiously observed - and good wholesome fun is enjoyed by all who attend them.
Whoever, and wherever you are, I hope you all enjoy Burns Night, in your own special way. (And if youve never been to one, you must put this wrong to rights, as soon as you possibly CAN!)


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post 23rd Jan 2011, 11:59pm
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... the man who was voted 'The Greatest Ever Scot' in 2009

Now you have to ask WHY!

What did he do to be the greatest ever Scot, he got blootered quite a lot and wrote poems that don't rhyme.

He never scored a goal in an old firm game or invented anything worthwhile, he never saved anyone's life or a last minute penalty so how on god's earth can this man be voted Greatest Ever Scot.

I'll not be raising a drink to him or eating haggis, I'll just hiv a drink to honour Scotland's greatest ever man....Henrik Larsson!!!!!!!!!

Aw gie's peace we're aw in the Euro noo so Ghod is Numero Uno
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post 24th Jan 2011, 12:25am
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It's my birthday also on Tuesday and I have the haggis in and the neep in and the tatties in. However, my daughter wants to take me out for dinner on Tuesday. ---- Now, I live in Northern Ireland, not known for celebrating Burn's night, so I'll need to have my haggis tomorrow night instead. On the other hand, my daughter can be devious and I know that she has also purchased a rather large haggis! So, is she secretly planning the first restaurant prepared haggis that Ballymena has ever seen? Have I to watch the slaughter of TWO beasties on consecutive nights?
She's planning something, as I have been instructed not to take the car, so I must presume that alcohol is involved in some way. I'll be thoroughly disappointed if I end up with my usual scampi & chips and a glass of wine! Oh why did they send me a photo of this oversized beastie, in the first place?

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I can't wait to find out. Please excuse me for getting so over-excited!!


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post 24th Jan 2011, 12:52am
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My Father ,never missed a burns Supper,but i must admit i have never been at one myself. Like Haggis on the Day,right enough.
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post 24th Jan 2011, 01:17am
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post 24th Jan 2011, 01:35am
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QUOTE (hughmac @ 23rd Jan 2011, 11:46pm) *
It's my birthday also on Tuesday and I have the haggis in and the neep in and the tatties in. However, my daughter wants to take me out for dinner on Tuesday. ---- Now, I live in Northern Ireland, not known for celebrating Burn's night, so I'll need to have my haggis tomorrow night instead. On the other hand, my daughter can be devious and I know that she has also purchased a rather large haggis! So, is she secretly planning the first restaurant prepared haggis that Ballymena has ever seen? Have I to watch the slaughter of TWO beasties on consecutive nights?
She's planning something, as I have been instructed not to take the car, so I must presume that alcohol is involved in some way. I'll be thoroughly disappointed if I end up with my usual scampi & chips and a glass of wine! Oh why did they send me a photo of this oversized beastie, in the first place?

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I can't wait to find out. Please excuse me for getting so over-excited!!

Love this picture . I also have the haggis picture on my phone. I will be celebrating but not Burns, just the fact that I gave up smoking I year ago
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post 24th Jan 2011, 02:05am
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Last night I had the priviledge of Chairing our RCL's Annual Burns Suppehere in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. It was a formal affair and hugely successful. A toast that is given to the Address, "The Twa' Lands" tells of the unity between Scotland and Canada with crossed Flags on display, the Red Maple Leaf of Canada and the Soltaire of Scotland. There are probably more Canadians of all nationalities here in this Municipality of West Vancouver (40,000 population) being exposed to and attending Burns Suppers on a per capta basis than there is in the whole of Scotland. Yacht Club, Legion, Community Centre, Chamber of Commerce, Senior's Centre all held dinners last week and it's not yet the 25th. We have an emegre Scottish butcher and Haggis maker in the community. Vancouver proper, has a statue to Robbie Burns in its world famous Stanley Park and the local, and National, Radio Stations are already playing songs of Burns and Scotland. There are many Scots in Canada who never attended a Burns Dinner in Scotland and last night I even heard one of them say, "It's not a big thing in Scotland", shame on you! Burns never wore a kilt so as Chair of our formal dinner I wore black tie, but the audience were dressed in all forms of Tartan, so it is also a celebraation of Scottish culture, with many readings of Burns. We did, and translated to modern idiom, the great narrative Tam o' Shanter. Happy BurnsDau everyone.
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post 24th Jan 2011, 02:24am
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Only been to one in a friends hoose up in Seattle Wa, about 20 years ago, he is from Irvine Ayrshire.
Verygood night lots of people there and good speakers, didnae know much about what was being said in verse.
That photo of Burns I have up on the wall in my computer room. and either side of his image is the Brig o Doon, and on the other side is his cottage, its a 3' x 5' rug had that over 25 years.
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post 24th Jan 2011, 02:49am
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It is curious to recall that while I grew up in Glasgow I heard little about the celebration of Burns except that the little church I attended always had a semi-formal affair with most of the usual parts to it.
However, upon immigrating to Canada in 1984 as a clergyman I found my Scottish-based congregations had been making acknowledgement of Rabbie, (or Robbie as he is commonly addressed here), for many years. As the only 1st-generation Scot in one of my congregations in Ontario I was expected to play a leading part in the proceedings! So I had to learn to recite "The Haggis", which I did in the style of the late Andy Stewart!!
In Saint John, New Brunswick I joined the St. Andrew's Society who celebrate a very formal Burns Night. Always a sold out affair, with kilts and tartan everywhere. Now I am retired to PEI and the Caledonian Club here acknowledge Burns with a "Scottish style concert" close to the date. There are some songs of Burns and I have had the privilege to recited "The Haggis" plus other poems, (this year it was Tam O' Shanter"), but . . .
Now I can't speak for every group, club or society that tip the hat to Rabbie, but many of the affairs in Canada tend to be more in the line of recognizing Scottish roots with a mixed bag of Burns and anything else associated with Scotland. Hence quite a bit of tartan, for example. I wonder if Burns possessed anything in plaid - hmm? Here in PEI a Burns concert includes things like Pipe Bands; Highland Dancing; fiddle music, and many songs and music from well beyond Ayrshire!!
This past Sunday 2.5 hours were spent on the early morning CBC programme here in the Maritimes relating to Burns. It was good to hear. However, the DJ for the programme indicated that the Scots in Canada get to celebrate the things of Scotland twice a year - unlike the Irish, English or Welsh. True! But I have to say that the 25th of January is often got a bit more water added to the drink over Burns than some of us would like!!
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post 24th Jan 2011, 06:08am
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QUOTE (Heather @ 24th Jan 2011, 09:14am) *
Our UCM are having a Social with Buffet on Tuesday night to celebrate.
But there will be no address to the Haggis, and as it will be all lassie's, then there will be no one to toast us. laugh.gif

Whit's an UCM?
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post 24th Jan 2011, 08:47am
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Whit's an UCM?

Morning all. Union of charming mothers. OK im a crawler.
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post 24th Jan 2011, 10:10am
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Not only is Burns revered for his poetry,but the world over he is known and respected by Freemasons having been a member in Lodge Tarbolton(Kilwinning) raised in 1781.Like many others I will be celebrating the Bards Immortal Memory in true Scottish tradition as will the many hundreds of Lodges throughout Scotland.
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post 24th Jan 2011, 10:48am
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Being a Scot it is not only necessary but an honor to celebrate Robert Burns. He is loved and respected all over the globe and rightly so. He was an amazing man with an enormous talent , anyone ever reading such a poem as ,to a mouse and not being touched by it must be a fool. He believed in equality freedom and living to the full limit of your potential. And very few of us do that.
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