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BYU's executive chef John McDonald brings in the haggis at last year's event.

PROVO — The local annual celebration honoring Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard, is coming up at Brigham Young University.

For more than 200 years, Burns' poetry and life have been commemorated each January as part of a worldwide tradition.

Hosted by the Utah Scottish Association, tickets are available through BYU Catering or online at Ticket deadline is Jan. 17. No tickets are sold at the door. Supper will be served buffet style to more readily accommodate the large number of attendees. Scottish attire or "best dress" is appropriate, as is tartan.

A silent auction, with the proceeds going to BYU's Scottish Parliament Intern Program, will be held. Last year an autographed BYU football was the highest-bid item. Local businesses donate many items. A special feature this year will be a display of items from the BYU Lee Library Special Collection.

The evening will start with a gathering at 6:30 p.m. for socializing and silent auction perusing. At 7 p.m. Burns' famous Selkirk Grace will be pronounced, followed by the presentation of the haggis, with its chef escorted by a piper with men-at-arms. Then Burns' "Address to a Haggis" will be recited. "A Toast to the Lassies" is countered with "A Toast to the Laddies," each good-naturedly noting the others' foibles. "The Immortal Memory," a speech on Burns' literary significance, this year is to be by Fred Buchanan, emeritus professor, University of Utah. Then the Scots' bard is toasted. Songs and poems by Burns will be interspersed throughout the program.

Festivities will conclude when all present stand, join hands and sing Burns' commonly known ode to friendship, "Auld Lange Syne."

If you go

What: Robert Burns Supper

Where: Wilkinson Center, BYU campus, Provo

When: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 19

Cost: $24/$20 students

Phone: 422-5001