A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), the author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, occasionally known as Robert Burns Day (also Robbie Burns Day or Rabbie Burns Day) but more commonly known as Burns Night (Scots: Burns Nicht). However, in principle, celebrations may be held at any other time of the year.

The first supper was held in memoriam at Burns Cottage by Burns's friends, on 21 July 1801, the fifth anniversary of his death; it has been a regular occurrence ever since.

Burns's suppers may be formal or informal. Both typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish celebrated by Burns in Address to a Haggis), Scotch whisky and the recitation of Burns's poetry. A Formal dinner is hosted annually by the  St Andrew Society of São Paulo and always includes dancing. Formal suppers follow a standard order.

Burns Supper 2021

Due to circumstances beyond our control the 2021 Burn's supper has been indefinitely postponed and presumed canceled. We look forward to organizing a spectacular Burns supper in 2022. However our very own Pipes and Drums band and their dancers have produced the following video to mark the day: (Click to unmute)

The Supper

The St Andrew Society of São Paulo traditionally holds their annual Burns’ Supper in March A Burns’ Supper is hosted by Scots and their diaspora worldwide, celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns, widely regarded as Scotland's national poet. .

Robert Burns

A pioneer of the Romantic movement, he is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland

Food & Fun

The evening includes an informal three course meal with a tasting of Haggis, (a well-known Scottish delicacy!) as well as whisky, wine and beer. Scottish reels (dances) are interspersed with a few readings and speeches on Burns and his influence, and there is always  a presentation by our a bagpipes & drums band, 

We hope to see you there in 2020