It's Burns Night 2019!
Time for Tartan
It's seems Christmas is a time when we pull out the plaid. There are tartan toys and tablecloths and every manner of decorative accent to herald in the season. But step ahead a month and you'll find there's another time for tartan! Robbie Burns parties are in the planning and celebrations will take place on January 25, 2019 to honour the life and work of Robert Burns (1759-1796). Burns is remembered as the "greatest Scot of all time" for his poetry and contribution to Scottish culture. Centuries later, his most famous poem "Auld Lang Syne" has become a new year's eve tradition. A Burns evening starts with a variety of festivities such as piping in the haggis, a toast to the Lasses, and, of course, poetry readings. But, many less formal affairs and offerings are perfectly acceptable to celebrate the bard if formality is not your thing. All you need are good friends (if you're lucky enough to count a piper among your friends make sure he/she is on your list!), great food (offer roast beef or chicken along with haggis), whiskey (single malt, natch) and a sense of fun. If you've never hosted or attended a Burns night supper you can find a lot of information on the internet to guide you. Follow as much or as little of the traditions as you see fit or start your own traditions. Just gather your friends together and "tak a cup o' kindness yet - for auld lang syne."