Burn's Night, also known as Burn's Supper, is a holiday celebrated in Scotland on January 25th in honor of the poet Robert Burns.
While this holiday is officially a Scottish holiday, many people all over the world celebrate it by hosting their own versions of Burn's Supper.
History of Burn's Night
Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who was born on January 25th, 1759 in Ayrshire, Scotland. He was regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement. He is not only known for his poetry but is also known for his original compositions – one of his most famous being "Auld Lang Syne" which is sung globally on the turn of midnight at New Year.
Burn's Night can be traced all the way back to a supper held by the friends of Robert Burns on July 21st, 1801. They had gathered together on this day because it was the fifth anniversary of his death and they wanted to honor him. This first Burn's Night was held at Burns Cottage. That year, the Burns Club was founded and a supper was arranged.
Burn's Night Customs & Celebrations
One of the traditional ways to celebrate Burn's Night is with a Burn's Supper. These dinners can be formal or informal and may include only friends or friends and family.
During this supper, 'Selkirk Grace' is recited as well as the 'Address to a Haggis'.
Whiskey and food are also main components of this supper. Some of the food which is served includes Cullen Skink (a thick, creamy Scottish soup, the specialty of the town called Cullen), Haggis, neeps and tatties. Desserts often include oatmeal shortbread, whiskey caramels and marinated raspberries(Cranachan – Sweet raspberries folded into cream flavoured with honey, whisky and toasted oatmeal – what could be more delicious).