Burns Night 2021: When is Burns Night? What is it and how do you celebrate Burns Night?

Burns Night 2021: When is Burns Night? What is it and how do you celebrate Burns Night?


Toast the lassies with ‘gallantry’ and ‘farce’ on Burns Night

Robert Burns – also known as Rabbie Burns, or the National Bard – is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. He’s perhaps best known for his poem (and song) Auld Lang Syne which is sung on New Year’s Eve or Hogmanay. Other poems he’s known for include A Red, Red Rose, A Man’s a Man for A’ That, To a Louse, To a Mouse, The Battle of Sherramuir and Tam o’ Shanter.

When is Burns Night?

Burns Night will be celebrated on Monday, January 25, 2021.

The celebration is marked on the same date every year, as it marks Rabbie Burns’ birthday.

The first supper was held in 1801, and initially, his friends had decided to hold the celebration on the date he died – July 21.

Then in 1802, the supper has held on January 29 – on what they thought was Robbie Burns’ birthday.

But by 1803, they had discovered he was actually born on January 25, and since then the suppers have been held on this date.

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What is traditional Burns supper?

While we won’t be having huge Burns Night suppers this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, many may still celebrate in their homes.

The evenings are usually full of pomp and circumstance, with the haggis being posed in and the host performing an Address to the haggis.

But if you’re enjoying a more simple affair this year, you’re sure to enjoy the three main ingredients of a Burns supper – haggis, neeps and tatties, and whisky.

If you’re planning on marking the occasion at home, why not try out the Marks and Spencer’s new Burns in a Box.

A first for the retailer, M&S is offering the £35 box for two people which will include “everything you’ll need to celebrate Burns Night”.

From haggis with neeps and tatties (carrot and swede ‘crush’ and a potato mash) plus whisky sauce as well as 20cl of single malt whisky and a shortbread assortment, there’ll be plenty to tuck into on Monday evening.

Scottish restaurant & butcher Mac & Wild is also preparing home delivery kits ready for the big night.

Or why not try a rather more boozy affair and use the night to try out a variety of Scottish whiskies.

If you’re after a nice single malt, why not try:

  • Benriach The Smoky Twelve – reduced to £42.95 
  • Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old — £33.45

For a blend, try out:

  • James Eadie’s Trade Mark “X” — £34.95 
  • Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whisky — reduced from £19.87 to £18.87

Or if you’re after a grain scotch, look no further than:

  • Strathclyde Grain 2006 – 12 Year Old Distillery Edition — £46.95 
  • The Tweeddale Grain of Truth – Single Grain Scotch Whisky — £51.95 

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