Burns Night celebrates food, drink and creativity

The key to Burns Night is to celebrate Scottish food, drink and creativity, according to one columnist.

Writing for Scotland on Sunday, Tom Kitchen explained that people do not have to go to an officially organised night to mark the great poet’s birthday, anyone can host an informal party.

For those thinking about hiring function venues for the occasion, Mr Kitchen described how the essentials for the evening are haggis, neeps and potatoes, with whisky for everyone – but not forgetting a book of Robert Burns’ poetry to share.

He said: “After a few weeks of recovering from Christmas and Hogmanay, drinking very little, eating plenty of healthy foods and having a few quiet weekends in, Burns Night always comes at just the right time.”

Burns Night celebrations, usually held on or near January 25th, are most common in Scotland, but it is a great chance for everyone to enjoy a bit of Scottish culture while honouring the memory of the 18th century poet.

The Independent picked out Burns Night as one of the top 101 things that Scotland has done for Britain; a list that also included bicycles, Andy Murray, colour photography, the flushing toilet and golf.

It suggested that Burns is probably most famous for writing the New Year’s Eve-everpresent ‘Auld Lang Syne’, but also pointed out that it is increasingly common for people not to know any of the words to the song beyond the first verse.