What is Burns’ Night about?
Burns’ Night is all about ‘neeps and tatties’, haggis and a ‘wee dram’ and we love to celebrate it. After the festivities of Christmas and New Year’s Eve have passed and the inevitable January blues have kicked in, we can’t but help look forward to sending out our Burns Night Supper invitations to friends and family. Any excuse for a party!
The Traditions of Burns’ Night
The traditions of a Burns’ Night feast, held to commemorate the life and works of Scottish poet Robbie (or ‘Rabbie’) Burns, are numerous. On arrival guests gather informally before being piped into supper and greeted by the host who gives a welcome speech. The event is then declared ‘open’ and followed by the Selkirk Grace: a well-known thanksgiving said before meals, using the Scots language. Formerly the Galloway or Convenantors Grace, it came to be called the Selkirk Grace because Burns was said to have delivered it at a dinner given by the Earl of Selkirk.