Our family attended the annual Robert Burns night over the weekend. It’s a dinner event that celebrates the life and poetry of Scottland’s Robert Burns. It occurs on or close to January 25th, his birthday. It’s also a celebration of Scottish heritage. Grant’s father was born in Scotland. He passed away several years ago now. We attend Burns night in his memory.
Everyone dons their Scottish highland wear for the occasion!
Well, almost everyone. (Grant will not wear a kilt.)
There is usually traditional Scottish dancing accompanied by bag pipes and drums.
The night includes Robert Burns poetry, his songs (He wrote auld lang syne.) quotes from his speeches and plenty of toasts. There is a whiskey toast and a presentation of the haggis. Haggis is a sort of mystery meat that was eaten back in Burn’s day. According to Wikipedia, haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s heart, liver and lungs; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach though now often in an artificial casing instead. Doesn’t that sound downright gross?
Here is Gisele with her haggis!
Here I am with my “no thank you” helping of haggis.
Here are the boys doing the Scottish dab!
I saw one of the 4th graders at my school there in his kilt with his grandmother. He actually wore it to school one day to show and tell. He is definitely proud to be a Scotsman!
We had a great time! To the memory of Robert Burns and James Maloney!
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