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Burns Night: Celebrating Scotland’s Most Famous Poet

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Robert Burns (25 Jan. 1759 – 21 July 1796)

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?…And days of auld lang syne.”

 

Saturday 24th sees the Scots celebrate the birthday of the national poet of Scotland, the great Robert (or “Rabbie”) Burns. We mark that occasion by explaining a few of the mysteries of being from “North of the Border”, and a country with a population less than half that of Manila that has had a disproportionate influence on culture, science and history.

 

The Manila St. Andrew’s Society invites everyone, Scottish or not, to come and join The Burns Supper.

 

Enjoy an evening of fine Caledonian food and drink as we address a haggis and toast to the lassies and laddies.

 

A Burns supper is a celebration that pays tribute to the life and poetry of Robert Burns. He is the author of many famous Scots poems like “A Red, Red Rose”, “A Man’s A Man For A’ That”, “To A Louse”, “To A Mouse”, “The Battle of Sherramuir”, “Tam o’ Shanter”, “Ae Fond Kiss” and more, including the lyrics of the song “Auld Lang Syne”.

 

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A Toast to the Lassies

 

This is part of the Burns Supper tradition where a short appreciative speech is given by a male guest to give thanks to the women who had prepared the meal. In most instances, it is simply a male speaker giving a speech about his philosophical and humorous views on women. Their speech might sound offensive for some but basically aimed all for good fun. The tables are then turned as a lassie toasts the laddies!

 

Another highlight is the Burns poem about Scotland’s national dish: the haggis:

Address To A Haggis

(excerpt)

by Robert Burns

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,

Great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race!

Aboon them a’ ye tak yer place,

Painch, tripe, or thairm:

Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace

As lang’s my airm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,

Your hurdies like a distant hill,

Your pin wad help to mend a mill

In time o need,

While thro your pores the dews distil

Like amber bead.

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Details here:

 

Food, drink, entertainment, music, poetry, tradition speeches and the bagpipes of Pipe Major Benjamin Casey!
 
Dress is formal  :  Black tie, Highland Rig, Barong Tagalog
 
Venue : Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati – Pavilion Tent
 
Time  :  Cocktails at 7:30pm till late

 

Early Bird Discount vs. Regular Price of P3,000

To qualify for a P250 discount per ticket …

so each ticket will cost P2,750 for this all inclusive event …

all tickets must be reserved and  paid for by Sunday 18th January

 

Easy Payment

Cash or cheques (made out to ‘Manila St Andrew’s Society’)

1. Deposited directly into any branch of the BDO (Banco do Oro)

Acct Name: Manila St Andrew’s Society

 Acct No: 006948002479

(Please email us to let us know ‘who’ and ‘when’ deposited or email scanned deposit slip with your name)

2. Or handed to a St Andrew’s Society committee member

 

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What’s your favourite Robert Burns poetry? If you fancy good poetry and good Scottish food along with the company of people with the same passion for the old Burns Supper tradition, then come and join the celebration with the St. Andrew’s Society.

 

 

Author: Marcelle Villegas 

 

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Photo source:

Robert Burns painting – http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/robert-burns
To A Mouse – http://www.docstoc.com/docs/67282970/To-a-Mouse-Robert-Burns

Reference:

Poem – http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Address_to_a_Haggis

http://www.robertburns.plus.com/SupperLassies.html

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/01/burns-suppers-neeps-tatties-and-a-toast-to-the-lassies/
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/robert-burns

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