Burns Night and Burns Supper – 25th January

Burns Night or well-known event Burns Supper is celebrated annually on or around 25th of January especially in Scotland. Scottish people around the world come together to tribute their National Poet Robert Burns.

Robert Burns also known as Rabbie Burns is regarded as the National Poet of Scotland who is best known of the poets who written poems in Scots language, although much of his writings are in Standard English.

People also like him due to his straight forward writings on Political and civil commentary. He became an inspiration for the leaders of liberalism and socialism and further to that he became a Cultural icon of the Scottish diaspora around the globe.

Celebrations of his life efforts became almost a National fascinating trend especially in 19th and 20th centuries.

Burns Supper became a ritual of Scottish Culture and around the world tributes to Robert Burns are held through this way by arranging parties of celebration to show the world about the great life and great efforts of Burns.

Burns Supper is a night to celebrate to tribute the life and works of Scotland’s National hero. People celebrate Supper ranging from friends gatherings from small to huge or arranging formal dinner parties.

Burns Night or Burns Supper History

The first supper was arranged at Burns Cottage by the friends of Robert Burns on 21st July, 1801 in his fifth anniversary of death. Since then this become ritual in Scottish culture to celebrate Burns Supper in memoriam of Robert Burns’s life and works.

The Merchants who born in Ayrshire (among them some known as Burns) Founded the first still extant Burns Club in Greenock in 1801.

On the first time those merchants held the supper on 29th of January because they thought that was Birthday of Robert Burns but later on when they discovered from the Ayr parish records that actual Birth date of Burns was 25th of January, so since then they started celebrations on 25th January every year.

Typically a traditional Scottish dish “haggis” is served in every Burns Supper although that arranged formally or informally, along with this Scotch whisky and the recitation of Burn’s Poems is performed.

The Organizations such as Burns clubs, the St Andrews Societies or Freemasons arrange Formal Burns Supper annually. These parties occasionally end with the dancing in presence of ladies after all standard order followed during the ceremony.

Burns Night Poetry or Burns Supper Poetry

Traditional performances on the evening/Night include the ‘Selkirk Grace’ and the ‘Address to a Haggis’. Other performances on the evening include a speech to honor Burns.

A toast to the great man, known as the ‘Immortal Memory’, the ‘Address to the Lassies’ and of course ‘The Reply from the Lassies’ and these all are generally created for this specific evening.

How to Celebrate Burns Night? Burns Night Traditions

Piping in the Guests

At start of the Burns Night a piper performs to welcome guests. A traditional trendy music also works if you don’t want to do all that baggage. In the formal arrangements, Piper plays till the high table become ready to be seated and the audience should stand to welcome arriving guests.

Formal Start of the Burns Night: Chairman’s welcome

The Host of the party on Burns Night say few words before starting the celebrations to welcome the valued guest in the Burns Supper and then Selkirk Grace is said.

Burns Supper Meal

In the meal first of all the starter is served with the haggis piped in and the host address to a Haggis and everyone toasts the haggis. After that the main meal is served, followed by desserts.

After Burns Supper Meal

After Burns Meal is enjoyed by everyone, the first Burns recital is performed i.e. the Immortal Memory (the main tribute speech to Burns). After that the second Burns recital is performed, then there’s a Toast to the Lassies, followed by a Reply to the Toast to the Lassies, before the final Burns recital is performed.

Closing of the Burns Night or Burns Supper

The host says few words to thank the respectable guests. Everyone stands and sings Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and joining hands at the line ‘And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!’.

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Burns Night Poems or Burns Supper Poems

The Selkirk Grace

A short but important prayer read to usher in the meal, The Selkirk Grace is also known as Burns’s Grace at Kirkcudbright. It is usually recited in English but also printed in English.
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
A Man’s a Man for A’ That
Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an’ a’ that;
The coward slave-we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that.
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The Man’s the gowd for a’ that.
What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man’s a Man for a’ that:
For a’ that, and a’ that,
Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor,
Is king o’ men for a’ that.
Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord,
Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that;
Tho’ hundreds worship at his word,
He’s but a coof for a’ that:
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
His ribband, star, an’ a’ that:
The man o’ independent mind
He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.
A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an’ a’ that;
But an honest man’s abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Their dignities an’ a’ that;
The pith o’ sense, an’ pride o’ worth,
Are higher rank than a’ that.
Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a’ that.

Ae fond kiss

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, and then for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.
Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, nae cheerful twinkle lights me;
Dark despair around benights me.

I’ll ne’er blame my partial fancy,
Naething could resist my Nancy:
But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love for ever.
Had we never lov’d sae kindly,
Had we never lov’d sae blindly,
Never met-or never parted,
We had ne’er been broken-hearted.

Fare-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!
Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
Ae fareweel alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou’d the gowan fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fitt,
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie-waught,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

To a Mouse

Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi’ bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee,
Wi’ murd’ring pattle!

I’m truly sorry man’s dominion,
Has broken nature’s social union,
An’ justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
An’ fellow-mortal!

I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
‘S a sma’ request;
I’ll get a blessin wi’ the lave,
An’ never miss’t!

Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
It’s silly wa’s the win’s are strewin!
An’ naething, now, to big a new ane,
O’ foggage green!
An’ bleak December’s winds ensuin,
Baith snell an’ keen!

Thou saw the fields laid bare an’ waste,
An’ weary winter comin fast,
An’ cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell –
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro’ thy cell.

That wee bit heap o’ leaves an’ stibble,
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou’s turn’d out, for a’ thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter’s sleety dribble,
An’ cranreuch cauld!

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Still thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e’e.
On prospects drear!
An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
I guess an’ fear!

A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ ’twere ten thousand mile!

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