A traditional Burns Supper of haggis, neeps and tatties with a glass of whisky

Burns Night 2019

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Tue 22 – Sun 27 Jan 2019, various venues.

In Edinburgh, there are many organised Burns Night celebrations to join. They range from special Burns Night meals to full Burns Suppers with entertainment. There are also plenty of family shows and other events to enjoy. Here’s what’s on for Burns Night in January 2019.

Burns Night Suppers, Ceilidhs and Other Events

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns by Gillian Duffy22 Jan
Rabbie Burns The Musical23 – 24 Jan
Prestonfield Burns Night24 Jan
Burns Night with Wedgewood Restaurant & Mary King’s Close25 – 26 Jan
Whiski Bar Burns Night25 Jan
The Burns Comedy Show25 Jan
Annasach’s Burns Night Ceilidh24 & 26 Jan
Burns & Beyond Festival22 – 27 Jan
Burns Night Comedy Show26 Jan
Lauriston Hall Burns Night Ceilidh25 – 26 Jan
Royal Yacht Britannia Burns Supper25 – 26 Jan
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Burns Night25 Jan
The Stand Comedy Burns Night Special23 & 27 Jan

What is Burns Night?

Burns Night is held on and around 25th January each year in honour of the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns. Many Scots mark the occasion with a dinner known as a Burns Supper, at which guests eat a traditional Scottish meal of haggis neeps and tatties, drink Scotch whisky and recite Burns’ poetry. Burns Suppers range from organised formal dinners with a Toast Master and Piper to small celebrations hosted at home.

Often the diners will end their Burns Supper with a traditional dance called a Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee). This is a great way to celebrate all things Scottish! There are lots of dances, marches, reels and jigs to enjoy, such as ‘Strip The Willow’, ‘The Gay Gordons’ and ‘The Dashing White Sergeant’. The band call out the moves as you go, so it doesn’t matter whether you know the dances or not.

Hold Your Own Burns Night

If you choose to hold your own Burns Night, you can make it as formal or informal as you like. Make sure you have the following elements covered for a great Burns Supper.

  • Music – Traditional bagpipe music welcomes the guests to the table. You could hire a Piper for the night, or simply play a CD.
  • Speakers – A Toast Master formally welcomes the guests and announces each stage of the proceedings. You could hire a professional Toast Master or you could make the announcements yourself. You will also need to choose readers to recite Burns’ poetry, which of course features heavily throughout the evening. It is best to choose readers who can can speak Scots language. Traditionally the ‘Selkirk Grace‘ prayer is read before the meal.
  • Haggis – Music starts up again and guests stand as the chef brings the haggis to the table. ‘Address to a Haggis‘ is recited and the haggis is cut. Everyone raises a toast to “The Haggis!” with a dram of whisky. The chef then takes it back to the kitchen to serve up.
  • Supper – A traditional Scottish meal follows. Often Cock-a-leekie soup is for starters, Haggis, neeps and tatties as a main, and Cranachan for dessert. Wine, beer and whisky to drink.
  • Entertainment – The evening continues with a series of speeches, Burns’ songs and poetry readings. Popular songs include Tam O’Shanter and A Red, Red Rose. The main speeches are; The Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies and The Lassies’ Reply.
  • Finale – To end the night, the host thanks the guests and everyone involved in the event. Everyone joins hands to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne‘.