Throw A Robbie Burns Day Party

By / Wine + Drinks / January 22nd, 2010 / Like

Robbie Burns (1759-1796) was born in Ayr, Scotland. The son of a farmer, he decided that he was better at writing poetry than tilling the land. He came to be celebrated as the national poet of Scotland very early in his career because he wrote about the concerns of the “common man” in both the people’s dialect and in English.

Burns Night, celebrated on January 25, is a 214 year old tribute to the life and works of the poet. Burns suppers have a particular format that has not changed since his death. The evening begins with a general welcome and announcements followed with a reading of the Selkirk Grace (a poem often attributed to Burns). Then guests listen to piping while the host cuts the haggis. The evening usually ends with a rendition of another of Burns’ poems, Auld Lang Syne.

You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy your own Burns Night party. Dish up a variety of Scottish fare, such as cock-a-leekie soup, roast beef, bashed turnip and mashed potatoes. Scotch whisky, served neat, would be the most traditional drink to serve. Wrap up your party with poetry readings and a cup of hot Scottish coffee (an ounce or two of whisky added to your favourite brew).

Check out your local community events to find out when Robbie Burns Day events are scheduled near you.


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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