Burns Night 2024

When is Burns Night 2024?

Burns Night 2024 is on Thursday, January 25, 2024 (in 238 days).  Calendar for 2024
Burns Night 2023 has already passed: it was on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 (126 days ago).  Calendar for 2023
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What is Burns Night?

Burns supper on Burns Night: haggis, neeps an' tatties. Photo: flickr.com/photos/praxinoscope/3316000653Burns supper on Burns Night: haggis, neeps 'n' tatties (swedes and potatoes) rounded off with a drink of beer or drams of Scotch whisky
Burns Night celebrates the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 to July 21, 1796). It is an institution of Scottish life that is held annually on his birthday, January 25. Dinner events, called Burns Suppers, are held on (or close to) this date in Scotland and wherever the very substantial number of Scottish migrants and their children have settled in the world, especially in Northern Ireland, Canada, the United States and Australia.

The evening follows a very ritualised routine. Guest are greeted by a bagpiper on arrival and mingle as at any informal party. Then the chairman (usually the host/organizer) welcomes the guests, everybody is seated at the dinner table and grace is said.

The meal is always the same: soup, followed by the main course of haggis with turnip and potatoes ("neeps and tatties"), and a trifle for dessert. After the soup and before the haggis is served, it is ceremoniously carried on a platter by the cook, accompanied by a kilt-clad piper ("piping in the haggis"), to the host's table, where the host (or the landlord of the restaurant where Burns Night is being celebrated) recites the Burns poem The Address to a Haggis. At the words An' cut you up wi' ready slicht, ("And cut you up with practiced skill,") in the third stanza, the haggis is cut open so that the innards spill out and spread all over the serving platter.

Even though haggis is traditionally a meat dish made of sheep's innards (heart, liver and lungs mixed with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt), in recent decades, vegetarian and even vegan alternatives have become available.

After the poem, a whisky toast is proposed to the haggis and the meal starts. The haggis is served with "neeps" (turnips/swedes/rutabagas) and "tatties" (potatoes), followed by a trifle for dessert, and finishing with a cheeseboard with oatcakes and tea/coffee.

After the meal, a series of speeches and toasts are made, according to a ritualised order. The Immortal Memory is a memorial speech to Burns, typically with literary tributes to selected poems and a reference to contemporary politics and morals. At the Address to the Lassies, a selected man may wickedly tease the women before dedicating a toast to them. To this, one of the women may respond in a similarly teasing tone in the Reply to the Laddies. In between, poems and songs by Burns are recited and sung. The evening is finished with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

Burns Night is part of a season of Scottish winter festivals that includes St. Andrew's Day on November 30 in honor of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, Hogmanay (Scotland's New Year celebrations) on December 31 and Burns Night on January 25.

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When is Burns Night 2025?

Burns Night 2025 is on Saturday, January 25, 2025 (in 604 days).  Calendar for 2025

Dates for Burns Night from 2019 to 2029

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When is ...? Date      Day of the week      Days away     
Burns Night 2019      January 25, 2019      Friday      1587 days ago
Burns Night 2020      January 25, 2020      Saturday      1222 days ago
Burns Night 2021      January 25, 2021      Monday      856 days ago
Burns Night 2022      January 25, 2022      Tuesday      491 days ago
Burns Night 2023      January 25, 2023      Wednesday      126 days ago
Burns Night 2024      January 25, 2024      Thursday      in 238 days
Burns Night 2025      January 25, 2025      Saturday      in 604 days
Burns Night 2026      January 25, 2026      Sunday      in 969 days
Burns Night 2027      January 25, 2027      Monday      in 1334 days
Burns Night 2028      January 25, 2028      Tuesday      in 1699 days
Burns Night 2029      January 25, 2029      Thursday      in 2065 days
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