And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere! And gie’s a hand o’ thine! And we’ll tak’ a right guid-willie waught, For auld lang syne.
The First Burns SupperThe first ever Burns Supper was held by Burns’ friends in 1801 on the 5th anniversary of his death and since then the celebration of the poet and his contribution to literature has become an important event in the Scottish calendar. Burns Suppers can be formal events where people dress up in their tartan and Scottish inspired finery, or more informal events for family and friends in the homes of people with a connection to Scotland. Whether formal or informal, there are some key things that all Burns Suppers have in common:
- The traditional dish eaten is Haggis with ‘neeps and tatties’ (mashed swede and potatoes).
- Most Burns Suppers have an ‘address to the Haggis’, which goes like this:
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 wordy o’ a grace As lang’s my airm.
- Whisky is normally consumed in large quantities.
- There will be some reading of Burns’ poetry