Whisky, kilts and Robert Burns aside, the Scots are well known for toasts, often long ones that may insult as well as compliment.
"Here's to you, as good as you are,
And here's to me, as bad as I am;
But as good as you are, and as bad as I am,
I am as good as your are, as bad as I am."
Following a toast, raised glass in hand, all those drinking a wee dram of Scotch or a frothy glass of Scottish ale may chorus a Scottish cheer:
Slàinte - pronounced "slahn-tchuh" or "slawn-tcha"
This is Scots Gaelic from the highlands and means 'good health', in English we might say 'bottoms up'.
Burns Night falls in January every year, near the date of Robert Burns’ birth. January 25, 2019 marks the poet’s 260th birthday.
There are a host of things that normally occur at a Burns Dinner. Generally all parties involve 3 crucial elements:
Haggis, Scotch whisky and at least a quote from Burns
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