How to Celebrate Burns Night

All the Christmas decorations and just about down by now. The New Year party feels like it happened ages ago, and here in the UK, we’re in the depths of winter. Short daylight hours, dark nights, and cold, wet days.

Sounds pretty grim if truth be told.

That’s why, when there’s an opportunity to have a celebration, most people jump at the chance.

Burns Night held on 25th January, is traditionally a Scottish celebration of the great poet Robert Burns. But that’s not stopped the rest of the UK from joining in too.

Five years after he passed away, a group of Robert Burns’ friends gathered for supper in remembrance of him. Over the years the tradition continued and grew.

A Burns supper cannot be celebrated without the famous Haggis. Composed of the liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep (or other animal), minced and mixed with beef or mutton suet and oatmeal and seasoned with onion, cayenne pepper, and other spices. The mixture is packed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled.

Ironically, this traditional Scottish dish is believed to have been created and eaten in England long before it moved North of the border and adopted by the Scott’s.

So, if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps after the Christmas and New Year Celebrations and like the idea of another party, Burns Night is something to look forward to later this month.

You can either join in an organised event. Or, better still, why not have a go at making your own Burns Night supper for family and friends. If you’re not sure where to start, the BBC Good Food website has some fantastic recipes – How to Throw a Burns Night Supper

Oidhche losgaidh sona! (Happy Burns Night!)

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