As a birthday present to myself, I attended Burns Night on Saturday. Scots all over the world celebrate the anniversary of poet Robert Burns’ birth (January 25, 1759) with a party. Since Robbie Burns’ birthday is only one day from mine, it seemed like a fitting way to celebrate my birthday. Burns Night in Vilnius is a large gala fundraising event hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce. And it was quite a party. The evening included the following:
- Ceremonial presentation of the Haggis (a Scottish “delicacy”) complete with bagpipes, recitation of Burns’ poem “To the Haggis” and the ceremonial stabbing of the Haggis.
- A toast to the lassies – a speech in which a representative for the men pokes fun at the lassies
- The lassies’ reply — a speech in which a representative for the women has her say
- Performances by an amazing Scottish band Saor Patrol
- Scottish country dancing — made even more riotous by the fact that most of us had never done Scottish dancing in our lives
And Saor Patrol…
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