On Saturday 26th January the inaugural celebration of Burns Night for boarders in Marlborough College Malaysia. Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. His birthday, 25th January, is a day to celebrate his works and enormous contribution to Scottish literature such as the famous poem Auld Lang Syne. The evening began with a traditional Burns Supper where the boarders were served with various culinary delicacies originating from Scotland such as Cock A Leekie soup, cranachan and tablet. The notable offal dish ‘haggis’ was also served in a vegetarian twist. The food stirred the interests of many, catalysing discussions about Scotland and the man Robert Burns himself. Throughout the dinner, the guests were entertained by the reading of poems by five Sixth Form students. Afterwards, the boarders had a chance to participate in a Ceilidh – a traditional Scottish social gathering involving dancing and singing. Mr Anderson from the Prep School led the event marvelously, introducing three types of Scottish dances: The Dashing White Sergeant, Canadian Barn Dance and Strip the Willow. The event was a fantastic sight to witness. With everyone hopping, elbows interlocked, clapping in sync and scrambling to keep up with the beat of the music, the excitement and joy was present in the air.
All in all, the boarding community had a spectacular evening of dining and dancing. The event commemorating the legendary Robert Burns proved to be a commendable one. It is hoped that MCM will continue to honour his memory yearly through this event.