Burns Supper. The identity of a nation and the life of a poet are at table

by Monday, January 16, 2012

Robert Burns (Alloway, 25 January 1759Dumfries, 21 July 1796) It was a poet and composer Scot, the best known among those who wrote verses in Scots. AND’ him the “Scottish Bard”, that is remembered by the whole nation every year on the anniversary of the birth, with the famous Burns was perfect, the “Burns suppers”, during which performances, songs and speeches are reminiscent of the one that helped to put in writing the identity of a nation.

Literary societies and individual families organize an annual dinner in honor of the anniversary of the birth of bardo, the 25 January. For the occasion, the entire nation celebrates its own identity and its own Scottish pride, following the traditions of southern so observant and nostalgic.

Dinner is open with the words of Selkirk Grace (“Thanksgiving of Selkirk”) which reads as:


« Some hae meat and cannot eat.
Some cannot eat that want it:
But we hae meat and we can eat,
SAE let the Lord be thankit. »

« Some have meat but cannot eat,
Others want and can not eat:
But we have meat and we can eat,
And then thanked the Lord. »

Afterwards, dinner includes traditional Scottish dishes: mostly a soup as an appetizer (generally porro,rape or legumes), followed by the main course – the famous haggis, one stomach by sheep filled by the animal's innards – accompanied by neeps and tatties, or turnips and potatoes.

In the most refined dinners, the haggis is brought to the table by Nancy Pussy, a young man in traditional dress accompanied by a bagpiper; one of the guests turned all’haggis a speech and then cut it with the knife that is an integral part of the traditional male dress.

This is followed by one of the renowned pudding or Cheesecake squares, usually dunked by Sherry, from a coffee and a shot of whisky accompanied by check of Scottish Tablet, a crumbly type of MOU whose recipe is handed down by tradition.

After the meal, some of the guests cheer your evening with l’Immortal Memory, a speech dedicated to the immortal opera resonance Burns; the Toast to the Lassies, the “toast to women”, followed by response from female counterpart; poems and songs from the Repertoire of the poet, generally in keeping with the theme of the Immortal Memory. Everything is closed, Once again, with Burns ' verses, singing the song of farewell Auld Lang Syne.

If you are in Naples 25 January, you don't need to fly to Scotland to take part in a Burns supper. The restaurant I Chiostri di San Barnaba, In fact, offers an authentic dinner classic traditional dishes, prepared according to original recipes from Scotland. An evening of tastes of a diverse culture, but not only: the charming setting of the former 15th-century convent will do a background reading of the best-known poems by Robert Burns.


For info, prices and reservations:

The cloisters of San Barnaba

Via San Barnaba, 48 Milan

Tel. 02 5466494




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