What Happens on Burns Night Traditionally?
1. The Gathering – friends and family gather and the host welcomes their guests before the Selkirk Grace is recited.
2. The Meal – before the meal begins, Burns’ Address to a Haggis is performed and the haggis is cut on cue. A traditional Burns Night supper then follows, which consists of haggis, neeps and tatties (a mixture of swede and potato) and a desert, washed down with plenty of whisky.
3. The Performances – following the meal, Burns’ work is recited along with several traditional tributes.
4. The End – when the night is drawing to a close, the host gives thanks and everyone stands to sing Auld Lang Syne.
While this is the traditional itinerary for a Burns Night celebration, nowadays there are numerous ways to enjoy the poet’s anniversary. If you want to get involved, there are plenty of Burns Night events open to the public, so you can join in the frivolity – no matter which Scottish city you visit.