Celebrating Burns Night



Every year on the 25th of January, Burns Night marks the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth - Robert Burns composed some of the world's famous and recognisable lines of song lyrics and poetry. We wanted to share with you a post on celebrating Burns Night - and if you're a carer who's client enjoys the celebrations of this evening, read on to find out how you can make this an evening to remember!


Held throughout the United Kingdom, and even across the world, on Burns Night a traditional Burns dinner. The very first Burns dinner was held in July 1801 when nine of Roberts' friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of his death.

Taking place at Burns Cottage in Alloway, the evening included a dinner made of haggis, neeps and tatties, as well as performances of Burns’ work and a speech in honour of the great Bard (now known as the Immortal Memory). The event was a total success, so they decided to hold it again (this time in honour of Rabbie’s birthday), beginning the tradition we enjoy to this day.


A traditional Burns Night includes dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties, rounded off with drams of whisky! People also enjoy some of Burns’ poems and songs, and tributes are made to the great Bard.


Each Burns supper is as the individual would like it to be, and you can do as much or as little as you wish, however a typical night might look like this:

  1. Beginning – people gather together, the host of the evening says a few words, and the Selkirk Grace is recited.

  2. Dinner – as the haggis comes out, the host will say Address to a Haggis, everyone toasts the haggis with Adam of whisky!

  3. Post meal – some of Burns' poems are recited.

  4. End of the evening – everyone stands and sings Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and joining hands at the line ‘And there's a hand, my trusty fere!’.


If your client would like to celebrate Burns Night, grab a haggis (from a supermarket, or your local farm shops will also sell them around this time of year), prepare a traditional meal (here is an easy recipe for haggis, neeps and tatties), and enjoy the evening filled with songs and poems!

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