Burns Night: Celebrating Scotland's National Bard

A night of haggis, whiskey and the recital of poetry

On the 25th January every year Scotland celebrates the famous  poet and bard: Robert Burns. But who exactly was Robert Burns and why do us Scots celebrate him? Burns was a poet who's works are famous for their use of the Scottish language and their romantic nature. Some of his most famous works are: Auld Lang Syne, Tam O' Shanter and A Red, Red Rose.  Most notably Auld Lang Syne which is sang across the globe when welcoming in the new year.  During his relatively short life, Robert Burns wrote 559 poems which are all available from the Scottish archives for everyone to enjoy.

Burns night is when Scotland commemorates the life and works of Scotland's National Bard, with the traditional Burns supper.  This usually consists of Haggis which is a savoury dish that contains the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep minced with oatmeal, onion and a variety of spices. All of this is traditionally encased in the animal's stomach. Haggis is usually served with neeps (turnips) and tatties (mashed potato) all washed down with a dram of whiskey. Haggis, neeps and tatties is considered the national meal of Scotland and is how us Scots celebrate our national bard. There is also the Robert Burns festival which is held every year in Ayrshire (Burns' Birthplace) and features recitals of his most famous work as well as fantastic live music. 

If you want to learn more about Robert Burns, click the link: http://www.visitscotland.com/about/robert-burns/

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