This week I have played the bagpipes to celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns. Each year on his birthday people worldwide celebrate his life and his work.
So who was Robert Burns?
Robert Burns was a famous poet who was born in Alloway on the 25th January 1759 and died in 1796. It is said that he loved the ladies and fathered 17 children. Every year on the 25th January or a date as near as possible his life is celebrated with a Burns Supper. One important ‘guest’ at a Burns Supper is the Haggis.
What is a Burns Supper?
By tradition, the Supper begins with cock-a-leekie soup followed by haggis tatties (Potatoes) and neeps (Turnips). The Haggis is then parade around the room led by a bagpiper. It is then placed on the table in front of an honoured guest who will address the haggis by reading the Robert Burns Poem “The address to the Haggis” The main meal and a pudding of tipsy-laird-trifle and a ‘wee’ dram of whisky, often follows the haggis.
After the meal speeches are read by a gentleman speaker who will give a speech and a toast to the ladies, after which a lady will acknowledge the toast with a toast to the men folk. Then the traditional Scottish dancing can commence. At the close of the celebrations of the bagpiper will play Auld Lang Syne.