Burns in Burma


by Gordon…

The tradition of a Scottish Burns supper is celebrated in every corner of the globe … and Myanmar proved to be no different.  

These events put the spotlight on the life and poems of Scotland’s most famous bard – Robert Burns.

I had the privilege of addressing the haggis in front of the British Ambassador at a dinner organised by the British Chamber of Commerce here in Yangon.

165 guests gathered in a private garden on Saturday 25 January to kick up their heels.

Struggling to find Scottish attire i.e a kilt etc I reverted to plan B and wore with pride a perfect pink Burmese outfit procured for me by my fellow work colleague Koko. 

It was all a little surreal and I felt like I could have been in a scene from series 25 of Outlander where Claire and Jamie time warp to Asia. Just another extraordinary weekend in the life of an Australian Volunteer!

I’ve learned the 8 verses of ‘Address to a Haggis’ and can deliver it by (and from) the heart… it starts with… Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race
… And ends with… But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a 
Haggis!

The night ended with a cèilidh (dancing) and whisky tasting.
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