Burns Night – My Haggis Anecdote

Toddler holding haggis and text "What is Burns night all about" for anecdote post

Burns Night crops up every January and I had no idea what it represents until recently. You wouldn’t believe my husband is half Scottish huh! Turns out Mr Burns, who the night is named after, wrote a poem titled “Address to a Haggis”. Now, haggis has a special anecdotal place in my heart as you will find out below.

A few years ago, we were at my husband’s (the boyfriend) parents for a celebratory dinner (I can’t remember why now). Anyways, Haggis-on-a-stick was served as an amuse-bouche (never thought I’d get the chance to use this phrase legitimately).

My boyfriend then proceeds to tell me that haggis is a deer-like animal with legs longer on one side of the body so they can run around mountains without toppling over. Male and female have this leg length trait on opposite sides so they can meet and kiss on the mountain. The second part should have rung alarm bells but naively, I believed him! When he later told everyone about this, they couldn’t stop laughing. Turns out, his dad had played the same joke on his mum. I haven’t been allowed to forget this, even now that we’re married.

So with that out of the way, what is Burns Night?

A Very, Very, Brief Burns Night Overview

Why Burns Night?

To celebrate the life and works of Scotland national poet, Robert Burns. One of his famous work is “Auld Lang Syne”, sang on New Year’s Eve. He led a very brief and varied life, dying at the young age of 37.  You can read more about it here.

When Does it Occur?

On January 25th every year which is Robert Burns’ birthday.  Although when it started in 1801, it was in July, on the anniversary of his death.

How is it Celebrated?

One of the most commons ways is to have Burns Supper which involves haggis of course. Poetry recitals and songs are commonplace. You don’t have to wear a kilt but something with a bit of tartan would go down well. If you are curious about the ins and outs of Burns Night then there is a good guide here.

Will We Celebrate Burns Night?

I try to do as little cooking as possible during the working week (meal planning and all that) but I have added Haggis to this week’s shopping list for a Saturday meal.

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12 thoughts on “Burns Night – My Haggis Anecdote

    1. This occasion was my first time having it as well. Definitely worth a try once but I don’t go out of my way to buy it hahaha

  1. That is hilarious! Can’t believe you fell for that. My SO is Scottish so we will be having haggis, neeps and tatties on Thursday night. And he will address the haggis and enjoy a wee dram even though it’s a school night. It’s tradition, after all #RVHT

  2. Have a lovely night tomorrow, I’m another who hasn’t tried Haggis but I am a big fan of Scottish Tablet. My nephew (who lives in Scotland) had it at his wedding, it was lush.

  3. When my husband was doing his English degree we used to do Burns night. I did it because I love haggis, he did it to pretend he was cultured. Then he ruined everything last year by giving veganism a go (a pretty decent move to be fair, but I was still eating meat). He’s no longer a vegan and we just forgot this year. SO gutted.

    Also, bless you on the haggis animal anecdote!

    Thank you for linking up to #RVHT

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