A — 4: to remember a famous Scottish poet
B — 5: an excellent reason to enjoy a large dinner
C — 7: a dinner started over two hundred years ago
D — 1: to have read it at a dinner
E — 6: a poem about it called ‘Address to a Haggis’
F — 3: a male guest makes a funny speech
Each year Scottish people across the world celebrate a unique dinner known as “Burns Night”. This is __to remember a famous Scottish poet__ called Robert Burns. Traditionally it happens on his birthday, the 25th January. Scotland can be very dark and cold at this time of year, so it’s __an excellent reason to enjoy a large dinner__ with friends and family. Burns is still an important figure in Scotland and even though he died in 1796 at the age of 37, he was recently voted “The Greatest Scot”. His birthday has become as important as Scotland’s national day, St Andrew’s Day.
The idea for __a dinner started over two hundred years ago__ soon after his death, and these days is actually quite a complicated affair. To start people are sat down at the table and the host reads a poem called “The Selkirk Grace”. It’s normally done in a Scottish dialect which even English people find difficult to understand. Although Burns probably didn’t actually write this, he is known __to have read it at a dinner__. Next, soup is served. The highlight though is listening to a bagpiper playing as the main course of haggis arrives.
Haggis is a special dish made from a mixture of sheep heart, lung and liver and oats, which is a bit like a giant sausage and surprisingly tasty. So tasty in fact that Robert Burns wrote __a poem about it called ‘Address to a Haggis’__. After dinner there’s a speaker, who may recite more poetry and a toast is made to the memory of Robert Burns. Next __a male guest makes a funny speech__ about ladies and a female guest replies with a funny speech about men. Throughout the rest of the night there is even more of Burns’ poetry.