The Changing Face Of Burns Night

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Are you Haggis or Steak Pie, Whiskey or Irn Bru, Poetry or Proclaimers?

In the centuries since the death of Scottish Poet Robert Burn in 1796, there have been a wide variety of events to honour his memory.

The traditional Burns Supper with piper, haggis, whisky, speeches and poetry is very popular throughout the world with Burns Societies to be found in such far flung places as Winnipeg and Atlanta.

Many other organisations such as Rotary and Freemasons as well as community groups also hold traditional Burns Suppers for their members.

In recent years however there has been a new kind of celebration, described more as a Burns Night than a Burns Supper.  This subtle but definite distinction has seen the younger generations step away from the traditions of the evening being all about Robert Burns and instead embraced a wider celebration of Scotland. 

More likely to have Steak Pie than Haggis and Gin instead of whisky, these newer celebrations are bringing a whole new generation if not to the poetry of Robert Burns, at least to his memory.

Tartan mini-skirts and leather kilts are more the norm at these events as Scottish rock is blasted through a crowd of partygoers.  Drinking their Madderty Micro, Arbikie and Tullibardine as they snack on Howies Haggis Bon Bons and Sugar and Spice steak pies. 

The traditional Burns Supper will live on in local societies and the hospitality trade.  For the younger generation however it is more about a celebration of Scotland than remembering poetry.

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