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Mark the life and death of Scotland’s most famous literary son – Robert Burns – on 25 January. Centred around the staunchly traditional Burns Supper, this annual celebration has occupied a place in Scottish culture for 200 years.
If it’s your turn to host this year or you simply want to find out what all the fuss is about, we’ve put together a quick guide to Burns Night celebrations.
Arguably more important than the food itself, the Burns Night Supper is steeped in tradition. Whether you’re celebrating at a large formal dinner or with a gathering of friends, you’ll usually find the evening structured around the following order:
Of course, no Burns Night menu would be complete without Haggis in some form or another. If you’re struggling for inspiration, here are a few traditional recipes to whet your appetite:
Confused about which Burns poems or songs to include in your evening’s entertainment? Perhaps you’ve been nominated one of the entertainers...either way, here’s a selection of essential titles to aid your research:
How do you like to celebrate Burns Night? Have any recipe tips or unusual traditions of your own? Get involved in the discussion or start your own, over at the AA Zone.
Check out our other inspirational ideas for days out and weekend breaks.