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Burns Night 25th January 2021

January 25, 2021 4:33 PM
By Shirley Niblock

What is Burns Night?

The 25th January marks the birthday of one of Scotland's important cultural icons, Robert Burns. Robert Burns was one of Scotland's national poets and was well known among experts around the world. Burns Night is celebrated by relatives and friends coming together to have a Burns Supper in honour of Robert Burns.

History of Burns Night

Robert Burns spent the majority of his life dedicated to poetry and at age 37 his health started to deteriorate and in 1796, he passed away. Five years later, Robert Burns' close friends got together to mark the anniversary of his death which was the first Burns Supper to take place. As the night was such a success, they decided to continue the tradition every year to honour their friend.

How is Burns Night Celebrated?

Burns Night is traditionally celebrated with a Burns Supper, which involves toasts, poetry readings and some tasty food! Haggis is the centrepiece at all Suppers and it is presented on a large platter that enters the room to the sound of bagpipes. Its eaten with Neeps and Tatties (swede and potato) and a glass of a Classic Malt Scotch Whisky