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Robert Burns Celebration 2019

Burns Supper 2019 The annual Robert Burns celebration is only a few weeks away.

That’s the night when we over-indulge in haggis, neeps, tatties, Scotch whisky, and listen to much speechifying extoling the virtues of Scotland’s National Bard.

The 2019 Burns Supper

to be hosted jointly by the Caledonian Society of Arizona and the Daughters of Scotia, Lady Claire Lodge

will be held January 26

at the American Legion Mathew B Juan Post 35, at 2240 West Chandler Blvd, in Chandler (NW corner of Chandler Blvd and Dobson).

Expect a traditional Burns dinner with haggis and all the trimmings, Highland dancers, pipers, speakers, and other great entertainment, including dance music from disc jockey Paul Bell. The planning committee is still looking for items for the silent auction and raffle.

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Anyone who wants to volunteer should contact Linda Currie McGuire at lindacurriemc@gmail.com

The History of Celebrating Robbie Burns

Burns Night, effectively a second national day in Scotland, is celebrated near his birth date of January 25 with Burns Suppers around the world, and is still more widely observed than the official national day, Saint Andrew's Day, or the proposed North American celebration, Tartan Day.

This 2019 event is a more casual version of the formal Burns suppers - which has not changed format since Robert's death in 1796.

That would start with a general welcome and announcements followed with the Selkirk Grace. After the grace comes the piping and cutting of the haggis, where Burns' famous Address To a Haggis is read and the haggis is cut open. The event usually allows for people to start eating just after the haggis is presented. This is when the reading called the Immortal Memory—an overview of Burns' life and work—is given; the event usually concludes with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Read more Burns Suppers at Wikipedia

"Robert Burns." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 6 Aug 2009, 16:33 UTC. 6 Aug 2009

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