Robbie Burns is the National Poet of Scotland who is known for his popular Scottish poet and lyricist. His work in the Scots language is most popular in Scotland and Worldwide. Some of his famous works are “Auld Lang Syne”, “To a Mouse”, “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”, “Ae Fond Kiss”, “Scots Wha Hae”, “Tam O’Shanter”, “Halloween”, and “The Battle of Sherramuir”. Robbie Burns Day is a day to celebrate his life and the work of the poet Robbie Burns. This day is also called Burns Supper or Burns Night or Robert Burns Day or Rabbie Burns Day. So let’s see about the history of the day, and how to celebrate this day in the article below.
History of Robbie Burns Day
During Robbie Burn’s fifth anniversary of the death, Burn’s friends joined together for supper and recite some of the popular poems to commemorate the day. Later that year, the first Burns Club was founded in Greenock in 1801 and the first Burn’s supper was held on that day 29 January 1802 which was taught as Burns’s birthday. But later when they discovered about his real birthday which is on 25 January, the supper was shifted to that date. Started from that day to the current, Burn’s supper was celebrated as one of the biggest nights of the year in Scotland.
How to Celebrate the Day
The Day is celebrated in a grand manner in Scotland every year on January 25. The event happens in the following order: Piping in guests, Host’s welcoming speech, Soup course, Haggis, Piping in the haggis, Address to a Haggis, Main course, Other courses, Toasts, Immortal Memory, Address to the Lassies, Reply to the Laddies, Works by Burns, and finally the end of the event. In the event, Bagpipes and Scottish music are used to invite the guest and invites to the party. You can also celebrate the day by posting the poem or song of Robbie burns on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc with the hashtag #RobbieBurnsDay, #BurnsSupper, and #BurnsNight.
Popular Dishes made on Burns supper
Burn Supper is served with a traditional Scottish meal consists of Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties along with Scotch Whiskey.
- Cullen skink soup – Thick Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes, and onions
- Haggis – Crumbly sausage, with a coarse oaty texture and a warming peppery flavor.
- Neeps – Turnips, also called Swedes
- Tatties – Minced beef and mashed potato, also called Mince
How to make the Recipe for Haggis
- 1 sheep’s bag and pluck (heart, liver, windpipe, and lungs)
- Suet (1/4 lb).
- 4 medium-sized onions (blanched)
- Pinhead oatmeal (1/2 lb)
- 2-4 tablespoons of salt
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of powdered herbs
- Wash the bag in cold water, scrape and clean it well.
- Leave it in cold water overnight.
- Wash the pluck and put it in a pan of boiling water for one hour and leave the windpipe hanging out.
- Place a small bowl under the windpipe to catch any drips.
- Put the cooked pluck in a bowl, cover with the fluid it was boiled in, and leave overnight.
- The next day cut off the windpipe.
- Now grate the liver and chop the heart, suet, and onions.
- Toast the oatmeal, while toasting makes sure the color doesn’t change.
- Add the oatmeal, salt, pepper, herbs, and just over half a liter of water in which the pluck was boiled.
- Mix all the ingredients well.
- Then fill the bag more than half full of the mixture, then sew it up and pierce it.
- Place in boiling water, simmer for three hours (pierce it occasionally to keep from bursting).
- The bag may be cut into several pieces to make smaller haggis; cook for one and a half to two hours.
Famous Poems of Robbie Burn
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmaist! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve,
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Ye Pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinkin ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a haggis!
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.
Poor devil! see him ower his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!
His knife see rustic Labour dicht,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready slicht,
Trenching your gushing entrails bricht,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sicht,
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’ need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
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