Sunday, 15 January 2012

T'was a Braw, Bricht, Moonlicht Nicht....

.... and indeed it was braw for our Rabbie Burns Night Dinner, it was -12C outside.

Scotland's favourite son and poet, Rabbie Burns, was born in Alloway, Scotland, on January 25, 1759, and this year celebrates 253 years since his birth. He died in Dumfries, Scotland, on July 21, 1796.

Robert Burns' acquaintances held the first Burns' supper on July 21, the anniversary of his death, in Ayrshire, Scotland, in the late 1700s. The date was later changed to January 25, which marks his birthday. 

And what's the best way to celebrate a birthday? Well, have a party, of course. And that's exactly what Scots all over the world (and wannabe Scots, like me) do every January.

Sorry, no photos of the fabulous food, I was too busy enjoying my dinner to take pictures, but you can see a sample of previous Burns Dinner delights here and here

And it's not only the tradition of food and drink. There's poetry, song and dance too. These young ladies demonstrated the Hornpipe and Highland Dance.
And then it was the turn of the Scottish Country Dance group.... I'm the one behind the camera. We danced the strathspey Peggy Spouse MBE and the reel Mrs MacLeod of Raasay.
The evening culminated with everyone joining in a rousing version of one of Rabbie Burns' best known songs..... Auld Lang Syne. Won't you join us next year? Planning has already started for our Burns Night 2013!

10 comments:

Anns Art said...

Looks like you had a great time. Just as a piece of useless information, DH worked with a chap years ago whose wife was related to RB and they had a grandfather clock that had been his.... Well, I did warn you!

madretz said...

Certainly looks like your auld acquaintances have not been forgot!
-Thanks for that bit of trivia about Rabbie Burns, I had no idea.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

This looks like a GREAT time was had by all! What a FABULOUS Celebration you gad for 'hinmself'....!! Robbie Burns....A Great Great Writer!

willie said...

What a fun evening it was with great entertainment and of course not to forget the food. They almost ate the whole thing - haggis that is!

Zuzana said...

Oh, sounds like fun and what great looking outfits too.;) Love that haggis in the post below.;))
xoxo

Ginnie said...

So fun to be Scotish, Sham, yes? We just watched one of the Highlander movies last night and talked about how much we love seeing anything about that beautiful part of the world. Sounds like a great way to bring in the new year.

Vagabonde said...

That must have been quite a party! I would have liked to take part but I don’t know if I would understand the language. Last May while at the market in France there was a class of young foreign students near me. I tried to understand them to know where they came from. I asked my husband – he had no clue. Finally I understood one English word so I asked the little boy near me « Where are you from ? » « Scotland » he replied. I don't know what part of Scotland though.

Xtreme English said...

Robbie Burns was verra guid-looking! Don't think i'd go for the sossidges, though, just the neeps & tatties!!

photowannabe said...

That sounds like such a fun evening. I remember your posts about it in years past and your pictures of Haggis etc.
Thanks for sharing.

Hilary said...

Looks like a fun time was had by all. :)