Burns Suppers are conducted all throughout the country (and the world) to commemorate his life and poetry. They often consume haggis, neeps, and tatties (turnips and potatoes), as well as drink whisky and recite his works. Some additional events that have become popular in recent years include wearing red pants and a white t-shirt with the Burns portrait on it, playing music of Scotland, and eating haggis swaddled in serrated tartan knives.
There are several schools across the United States that observe Burns Day. Each one chooses what role it wants to play during this time and whether or not it will wear kilts to school. Some choose to have a formal banquet while others have an informal picnic. The only requirement is that each student bring in some form of food that corresponds with Burns' diet (i.e., meat, fish, dairy, etc.).
Students may also dress up like Robert Burns and go to other schools to eat haggis and sing songs. This is known as a "hot cross bun" and is considered good luck!
Finally, there is one place where you can find students consuming large amounts of alcohol and listening to old recordings of Robert Burns readings poems: Scotland. Every January 17th, people gather at local pubs and restaurants and listen to singers from around the world perform versions of "To A Mouse".
Food and beverages Served as part of a Burns Night Supper Haggis is an absolute necessity! It is fundamental to the celebration of Burns Night. Haggis is traditionally served with neeps and tatties (chopped boiled swede and mashed potatoes). It becomes the main meal when served in this manner. Other traditional foods included oatcakes, black-eye beans, colcannon (Irish potato and kale dish), dark chocolate tartlets, and red wine.
Burns Night is also known as "Hogmanay". This comes from the traditional Scottish holiday of "New Year's Eve". People would stay up late into the night to see who could finish their drinks first - men by scotch and women by champagne. Today is seen as a chance to start over and drink less in the new year.
During Burns Night celebrations, it is customary to eat and drink something "burnt" - such as haggis or shepherd's pie. The idea is that by eating and drinking things that are burnt you are being ironic and showing your respect for the poet Robert Burns. Although not traditionally done, some people these days instead use candles for their meals and call it "Burns Night Lite".
People also burn items in memory of Burns on April 6th. These include photographs, books, CDs, and DVDs.
Finally, there is a parade in several cities on Burns Day.
Both commonly involve haggis (a traditional Scottish food lauded by Burns in "Address to a Haggis"), Scotch whiskey, and reading of Burns' poems. Burns Night festivities expanded online and were popular among families eating at home during the worldwide epidemic in 2021.
The word "Burns" is used as a generic term for an annual celebration of the life of Robert Burns, both in Scotland and elsewhere. The date varies from January 25 to February 2 every year.
In Scotland, Burns Days are held throughout the year at various locations related to or associated with Burns. These include towns where he lived or worked, churches where he was baptized or married, and pubs where he wrote many of his poems. In addition, there are several monuments and structures named after him, most notably the Robert Burns World Federation in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Burns Night is also observed in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Venezuela, Paraguay, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Cyprus, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Oman, Yemen.