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Burns Celebration 2022

The Haggis Around 65 Society members and guests enjoyed a hugely successful Burns Supper on Saturday 29 January in the side room of Fibber Magee’s Irish bar in Chandler. As befits a traditional Burns Night, there was a great deal of merriment and laughter.

There were speeches and toasts in celebration of the Scottish Bard and, by all accounts, healthy sales of whisky and other beverages. Exactly the way a good Burns Supper should be.

The gathering was well entertained by piper Neil Bacon, who kept our toes tapping with a string of good stirring Scottish tunes. Scotsman Robert Nee, who had traveled from Idaho, gave the traditional Address to the Haggis.

Piper Neil Bacon and guests

Ian Warrander delivered a thoughtful and witty Immortal Memory to Burns; and the comedy turns of the evening were Tim Wallace with his Toast to the Lasses; and his wife Sue with her Reply on Behalf of the Lasses. All our contributors were excellent.

Guests in tartan

So, Burns was well and truly toasted in the Valley. A good start to the Society’s 2022 event calendar.



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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