Burns Night is celebrated around the world, involves Scottish dancing, eating Haggis and traditional food
A Celtic Folk Music Scottish band “Reely Jiggered” performance enthraled the audience of Burn Night event held at a local hotel in the capital Islamabad.
Scottish band, featuring Scott McLean (percussion), Alison Fiona McNeill (guitar, bodhran and vocals) and McNeill (fiddle and vocals) are on a visit to Pakistan’s capital.
Burns Night is the annual celebration for the remembrance of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, celebrated around the world, involves Scottish dancing, eating Haggis and traditional food.
According to British high commission they hosted a charity dinner to pay tribute to Scotland’s national poet and songwriter, Robert Burns and enjoyed traditional Scottish music.
Richard Crowder, Acting High Commissioner, who will host the Burns Supper celebrations, said that we are very excited about the arrival of ‘Reely Jiggered’ and are looking forward to celebrating both Pakistan and Scottish culture.
This band combine the Scottish and Pakistani culture and will include readings of Robert Burns poems in original Scottish and Urdu, the traditional Address to the Haggis and bagpipes played by a Pakistani band.
The participants of the band include Alison McNeill (fiddle and vocals), Fiona McNeill (guitar, bodhran and vocals) and Scott McLean (percussion).
Burns Night, which is celebrated around the world, involves Scottish dancing and eating Haggis, a traditional food and s celebrated at the end of January every year. The night is a way to remember the life of the 18th-century bard and it falls on his birthday January 25.
Richard Crowder, Acting High Commissioner, who hosts the Burns Supper celebrations said: “We are very excited about the arrival of Reely Jiggered and are looking forward to celebrating both Pakistan and Scottish culture.
High Commissioner, whether talking about the large Pakistani origin population in Scotland, the shared love of bagpipes or the great links sent up by the British Council, there is a real connection between Scotland and Pakistan that we are immensely proud of”.
Speaking on the occasion, the band member Alison McNeill said we are very excited to be in Islamabad. In fact, we have been anxiously waiting for the day we were to land in this city after we knew about the plans to perform here. People here are very cooperative, helpful and friendly.”
“Pakistan is a beautiful country. I would love to come here again and again. People are so forthcoming and dresses they wear are so colourful. Besides, the sunshine we enjoyed here has just made our trip,” Fiona McNeill told the audience.