TAKE PART IN A BURNS NIGHT SUPPER
No Scot will need reminding of this integral national celebration, but south of the border many aren’t so familiar with Burns Night or, indeed, Robert Burns himself – the 18th-century Scottish poet whose birthday is still celebrated each year on 25 January. Tradition calls for a supper, followed by poetry readings, dancing and bagpipes (if none are available, Celtic music will do). The ensuing evening should include the Selkirk Grace prayer and an address to the haggis, during which an honoured guest will raise it in triumph while delivering the line ‘Gie her a haggis!’ to rapturous applause. This is followed, of course, by a rousing group rendition of Auld Lang Syne.