Burns’ Night celebrates the life and works of Robert Burns; a Scottish poet and lyricist. Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.
His poem (and song) “Auld Lang Syne” is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and “Scots Wha Hae” served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include “A Red, Red Rose“, “A Man’s a Man for A’ That“, “To a Louse“, “To a Mouse“, “The Battle of Sherramuir“, “Tam o’ Shanter” and “Ae Fond Kiss“.
Here in Scotland we celebrate Burns’ Night with a Burns’ Supper. This is a traditional dinner party with a fairly strict agenda:
Piping in the guests
The host welcomes and introduces the assembled guests and the evening’s entertainment
The Selkirk Grace
A short, but important prayer is read before the food is served
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
Piping in the haggis
Guests stand as the main meal of the evening – haggis, neeps and tatties – is brought into the dining room.
Address to the haggis
Perhaps the most famous part of a Burns’ Supper; the honoured reader now seizes their moment of glory by offering a fluent and entertaining rendition of To a Haggis.
The reader should have his knife poised at the ready. On cue (His knife see Rustic-labour dight), he cuts the casing along its length, making sure to spill out some of the tasty gore within (trenching its gushing entrails).
Toast to the haggis
Prompted by the speaker, the audience now joins in the toast to the haggis. Raise a glass (preferrably of whisky) and shout: The haggis!
The first entertainment
A reading from Burns’ portfolio of work
The immortal memory
A praising overview of Burns’ life and work
The second entertainment
A second reading of Burns’ work
Toast to the Lassies
This is a humourous speech, often very tongue-in-cheek, praising the women present
Reply to the Toast to the Lassies
The ladies humorous retort
The final entertainment
A third reading from Burns’ work
Vote of thanks by the chair
Auld Lang Syne
Guests stand and recite the poem or song
Here at Shearer Candles we’re very proud of our Scottish heritage; the traditions and scenery that surround us inspire what we do every day. With Burns’ Night coming up on Friday 25th January, it’s only right to celebrate in style with our Highland collection; much of which is inspired by the Bard!
Here are four gorgeous scents to get you in the mood for Burns’ Night next Friday! Why not burn them in the background of your Burns’ Supper or give them to your host as a thank you gift…
Red Red Rose
Discover a rich, romantic scent of dew-drenched rose petals encapsulating the true essence of the beautiful flower. Our stunning Red Red Rose fragrance is available as a glass jar candle, a diffuser, three wick candle and a scented tin candle. Shop now.
Ae Fond Kiss
Inspired by Burns’ iconic poem also called Ae Fond Kiss, this stunning fragrance mixes delicate white heather with sweet Highland honey to produce a sensuous scent evoking the feeling of romance. Available as jar candle, diffuser, tin candle and a stunning three wick candle. Shop now.
It’s no secret that Burns liked a dram of whisky or two! Pronounced ‘ish-ga-ba-ha’, this glorious fragrance range presents a honey-sweet whisky fragrance. Available as a jar candle and tin candle, this is the perfect scent to burn during a Burns’ Supper or to give as a gift! Shop now.
The Gathering fragrance presents an aromatic unity of fresh citrus, moss and green leaves. This fresh, clean fragrance is perfect for this time of year and is an absolute delight to receive. The Gathering scent is available as a scented tin candle and glass jar candle. Shop now.
However you decide to celebrate Burns’ Night, we wish you all the best from Shearer Candles.