What is Burns Night?
Burns Night is a time to celebrate Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns with traditional Scottish food, drink, verse and music.
The holiday falls on the the 258th anniversary of the birth of the famous poet in a rural community in the Scottish county of Ayrshire.
How are Scots celebrating Burns Night today?
Burns Night celebrations are centred around a traditional feast known as the Burns Supper.
Burns’ Ode to Haggis is traditionally recited before the haggis is carved and served to guests at the table.
The supper is often followed by ceilidh dancing and ends with a raucous rendition of Burns’ most famous work Auld Lang Syne.
Hugh Farrell addresses the haggis at a Burns supper at the Burns Cottage Pavilion in Alloway
As whisky flows during the night, there is often a Toast to Burns as well as a Toast to the Lassies, followed by a witty reply.
The evening normally begins with the Selkirk Grace – a well-known thanksgiving prayer – and pipers sometimes open proceedings.
Scotland’s national poet had humble beginnings and was born on January 25 1759 in the village of Alloway in Ayrshire.
But the so-called Ploughman Poet became a famous literary figure in his lifetime and one of the most important men in Scottish history.
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