Burns Night at the British Embassy

British Ambassador to Turkey Nick Baird, a Scotsman, held a party in his residence on Saturday night as part of his ongoing tradition of celebrating Burns Night.

Burns Night at the British Embassy

Burns Night is a celebration held in memory of popular Scottish poet Robert Burns, most commonly known as Rabbie Burns, the writer of many poems in the Scottish dialect including "Auld Lang Syne."
He likes the Burns Night celebrations, Baird said, because it tends to bring together people who may or may not have a link to Scotland. Burns Night is opened with a welcome speech by the host called immortal memory. In these speeches, it is customary to use vulgar language about Scots, usually in a humorous way. His jokes are usually about the greediness of Scots, Baird comments. Then, a special dinner is served called haggis, which consists of sheep's heart, liver and lungs boiled in the animal's stomach. In some ways, haggis resembles the Turkish dish kokoreç.
This year, Burns Night in Ankara was made even more exceptional by the participation of Bill Gass, Bristol Pipe band member, who was in Ankara as a courtesy of British Airways. Before the party, the embassy said they were expecting more than 100 guests and there was even a waiting list for the sold-out tickets.
Today's Zaman did not know if the party met expectations because we were not invited, perhaps because of the Scots' greediness for their kokoreç-like haggis.

 

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