Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
Considering how to celebrate Burns Night is a tricky business at the best of times. This becomes even more complicated when we’re all stuck staring at the same four walls.
As much as we’d all love to be enjoying one wee dram too many all together, 2021 is obviously going to have to be a Burns Night like no other.
However, despite the restrictions, there are ways that we can both honour Scotland’s most celebrated poet and stay safe.
If you’re eager to discover how to celebrate Burns Night virtually, here’s everything you need to know.
Whisky is a must-have on Burns Night (Credit: Alamy/bai)
How to celebrate Burns Night 2021
Given the wild celebrations that occur on a typical Burns Night, a socially distanced party might seem like a letdown.
However, thanks to the ever industrious team at Visit Scotland, we know that January 25 can still be something to look forward to.
The Scottish travel gurus reveal exclusively to Twisted how you can make the most of doing things differently.
A VisitScotland spokesperson tells us: “Our National Bard is a cultural icon around the world and Burns Night continues to be a global celebration of Scottish culture.
“While this year’s celebrations may look a bit different, thanks to a fantastic array of virtual events there are still plenty of ways people can safely enjoy Burns Night.
“Not only is it the ideal opportunity to enjoy a delicious bowl of haggis, neeps and tatties and toast Burns with a ‘wee dram’, it is also a way of celebrating Scotland, with people from all over the world, from the comfort of home.
“From a virtual Burns toast, to comedy, music and even a virtual ceilidh, there is something for everyone to enjoy on and around 25 January, whilst dreaming of a trip to Scotland in the future once it’s safe to travel again.”
Burns Night is normally a raucous affair. But perhaps this year we can all take the opportunity to connect with the festivities in a slightly different way.
The Big Burns Supper is being held virtually in 2021 (Credit: Alamy/David Kilpatrick)
How to celebrate Burns Night virtually
In addition to the advice, Visit Scotland also revealed just how easy it is to celebrate Burns Night virtually.
In an article on the Visit Scotland website, you can find several exciting online events to get your teeth into. These include:
“Dumfries’ famous Big Burns Supper – with comedy, music and entertainment – going digital for the first time; the National Trust for Scotland’s Big Burns Night In, streaming live from Robert Burns Cottage in Alloway; as well as haggis producer Macsween’s plans for the largest virtual Burns Supper.”
In addition, party-goers can download several useful Robert Burns-centric resources to educate themselves on his history.
This might seem like a strange way to kick start the festivities. However, in lieu of the usual pomp and circumstance, it pays to know just why celebrating on January 25th is so important.