January 25th 'an unofficial national day for Scots'

The unofficial national day for Scots – Burns Night – is coming up at the end of the week and will mean certain traditions are upheld on dining tables all over the world.

While the occasion is primarily celebrated in Scotland, no doubt expat Scots will still mark January 25th in the same way as when they were in their homeland – with the traditional meal.

Scotsman.com‘s Lifestyle blog explained: ‘Burns Night can be small, informal occasions, or they can be large-scale formal dining experiences. In either case, the meal traditionally served to guests consists of haggis, neeps and tatties (that’s haggis, turnips and potatoes).’

For those that choose to have a more formal occasion, it may be necessary to event spaces to allow a larger group of Scots and non-Scots to celebrate together.

Burns Night celebrates Scotland’s most revered poet, Robert Burns. While not officially a bank holiday in the country, it is widely considered to be the country’s second national day behind St Andrew’s Day.

Timeout.com‘s Now Here This blogger Cathy Phillips pointed out that there are all sorts of ways of getting into the Burns spirit. She too focused on the cuisine as an essential part of the day, but also pointed out that people could put on some tartan or go the whole hog with a kilt.