Burns Night Quotes and Greetings: How to say Happy Burns Day in Scottish Gaelic – The US Sun

BURNS Night is a huge annual event on the Scottish calendar.

The much-loved poet wrote in English and also in Scottish Gaelic, which was his local dialect.

A mural by Robert Burns on the seawall at Ardeer Beach, close to where he was born


A mural by Robert Burns on the seawall at Ardeer Beach, close to where he was born

How to say Happy Burns Day in Scottish Gaelic

Robert Burns, who did not actually speak Gaelic, was known for his willingness to write in both English and his local dialect.

Many who celebrate Burns Night try to embrace Scottish Gaelic.

People traditionally greet each other with the phrase “Sláinte Mhath!” which translates to “Good Health!” – it is pronounced “slanj’-uh va'”.

If you want to directly translate the words Happy Burns Night, you can try Oidhche Bhlas Burns.

While not a traditional greeting, many Scots will appreciate the effort.

What are the traditional Scottish Gaelic greetings?

To make your Burns Night more traditional, you could try some of these well-known local idioms:

  • Fail! – Warm welcome! – pronounced “fal’-tchuh”
  • Mile fell! – Thousand greetings! – pronounced “mee’-luh fal’-tchuh”
  • Alba go Brath! – Scotland forever! – pronounced “al’-a-pa ga bra”
  • Moran taing! – Many thanks! – pronounced “maw’-run tah’-eeng”
  • Eat a Naidheachd! – Congratulations! – pronounced “m-yallan-eh-oechk”

How do Scots celebrate Robert Burns Day?

Burns Night celebrations vary across Britain but usually begin with bagpipes greeting guests and a host delivering a welcome speech.

As the festivities begin, everyone gathers, the host says a few words, everyone sits, and the Selkirk Grace is said.

Scots usually indulge in soup, usually a Scottish Broth, Cock-a-Leekie or Cullen Skink, followed by the country’s favorite – haggis.

Haggis is a Scottish pudding consisting of a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, diced with onions, rolled oats, suet, spices and salt cooked in the sheep’s stomach.

Typically, a Burns poem is read aloud, with the firm favorite Address To A Haggis as the first choice.

The poem begins with the line: “Fair fa’ ye honest, sonsie face, great chief of the Puddin race!” to celebrate their beloved food.

The meal and lecture will be followed by a whiskey toast, with an evening dedicated to a mixture of Scottish poetry and dancing to the sound of bagpipes.

Who was Robert Burns and when did he die?

Also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire or the Plowman Poet, Robert is the world’s best-known Scottish poet – and was an outspoken political commentator.

Burns was born in Alloway in Ayrshire in 1759.

He wrote in English and was considered a pioneer of Romanticism and an inspiration for the founders of liberalism and socialism.

A symbol of national pride, he was voted the greatest Scotsman of all time by the public in a national poll conducted by Scotland’s STV in 2009.

The exact reason for his untimely death is still a matter of debate, but the Scottish poet died at the young age of 37 in 1796.

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