A proper Burns Night celebration opens with the soundtrack of bagpipes welcoming guests to the festivities.
Music is a major part of the Burns legacy – in addition to “Auld Lang Syne” (aka the New Year’s song), Burns penned lyrics to hundreds of tunes that still influence songwriters to this day.
Once the dinner host arrives at the head of the table, the piping quiets down and the guests recite Selkirk’s Grace. Practice your Scottish and commit this to memory to really impress the room:
Some hae meat an canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
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