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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Burns Night

Okay, if you're like me (and I wouldn't admit that if I were you), you have no idea what Burns Night is.  Well, Evan is going to a Burns Night celebration tomorrow.  That should be a clue that is something Scottish. Right you are.  Burns Night is a celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who most notably wrote the words for Auld Lang Syne and less notably, Scots Wha Hae and To A Louse  and let's not forget Address To A Haggis .  Now you understand why people hold these Burns Night celebrations all over the world!

Okay, this isn't any ordinary party.  There is a certain order of events that is maintained at Burns Nights world over.  Here is how it works -

Welcome speech
Selkirk Grace which goes like this 
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
Address to the haggis
Toast to the haggis
The meal
The drink
Entertainment
The immortal memory of Robert Burns, I think
Second Entertainment
Toast to the Lassies
Final Entertainment
Reply to the Toast to the Lassies also known as the toast to the laddies
Vote of thanks
Auld Lang Syne

There you have it!  Now you can see that this is no ordinary party.  You can also see that those Scots really like their haggis.  I figure after tomorrow night Evan will be 100% Scottish.

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