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Danny Cameron Toasting the Haggis

Lewis and Cooper Toasts the Bard.

Published on Friday 19 January 2018

On the 25th January Scotland celebrates the birthday of its most famous son, Robert “Rabbie” Burns.

First celebrated a few years after his death in 1796 by his friends, the celebration has gone on to become one of Scotland’s most popular annual events.

At Lewis and Cooper we love Burns' night and have a number of events and offers going on in store during the day.

Traditionally the celebrations centre around the legendary Burns' Night Supper, consisting of "haggis, neeps and tatties" (turnips and potatoes) with a whisky sauce. The celebrated meal is traditionally begun by the saying of the Selkirk Grace followed by the addressing of the haggis using the poem penned by the great Bard himself:

“Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o' a grace
As lang's my arm...”

The Haggis is then ceremonially cut with a Scottish “Dirk” (a knife kept in the stocking garter of the traditional Scottish dress) and the night continues with the eating of the supper, toasts, the drinking of whisky and the reading of Burns’ poems. Traditionally the night is ended with the holding of hands while singing Auld Lang Syne.

To help with your celebrations, in store our Tearoom staff have developed a special Haggis panini to help get you into the festivities. We have special offers on Haggis from our Delicatessen and our wine department has a wide selection of unusual Scottish malt whiskies in stock in to help your night go with a bang. Come and visit us and get into the spirit.