What is Burns Night? A guide to the Scottish tradition

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Attending a Burns Night supper? You'll get to eat this! Lucky you... (Picture: Flickr/British High Commission, Ottawa) Attending a Burns Night supper? You’ll get to eat this! Lucky you… (Picture: Flickr/British High Commission, Ottawa)

Burns Night celebrates renowned Scottish poet Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns.

Burns suppers are usually held around his birthday – January 25 and it’s a chance to revel in Scottishness, eat, drink and be merry.

But if you’ve never been to a Burns Night supper or even heard of the legend himself, fear not – fake it with this handy guide.

Mingling

Before the meal begins, you’re expected to mingle. Don’t let this lull you into a false sense of security though; this is a party but not as we know it.

The Selkirk Grace

After mingling with your new Burns enthusiast friends, the host will say The Selkirk Grace before the meal:

Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

And…

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