It’s a Scottish thing. For being a connoisseur of obscure and other people’s holidays, I’m ashamed to say that before this past week, I knew hardly anything about Burns night. But I’ve done my research since and also attended a Burns night celebration.
It’s a night to celebrate the Scottish poet Robert Burns (no relation to me). Among other things, he wrote “Auld Lang Syne”. These appear to be the main components:
– haggis (if you don’t know what it is wikipedia it)
– an address to the haggis. this is sweet. here is the traditional address.
– eating tatties and neeps alongside the haggis. tatters= mashed potatoes and neeps= swede or rutabaga
– ceilidh dancing (scottish dancing)