Robert Burns Day in Scotland Date in the current year: January 25, 2016

Robert Burns Day in Scotland On January 25 each year, Robert Burns Day is celebrated. This celebration is dedicated to the national poet of Scotland Robert Burns therefore it is most popular in Scotland, although celebrations may be held in other parts of the UK and even abroad.

Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759. He is recognized as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and one of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although he wrote in English as well. Hes poem “Auld Lang Syne” is a very popular New Year's song in the English-speaking world.

The first celebrations of Robert Burns' birthday were held in the early 19th century. They are usually referred to as Burns suppers. Sometimes the celebration is also known as Robert Burns Day or Burns Night. Naturally, Burns suppers are most common in Scotland, although they may be held by expatriate Scots and aficionados of Burns' creation all over the world.

The supper usually starts with the gathering of the guests. When everyone is present, the host says a welcoming speech and declares the evening open. The main course is always a haggis, a type of Scottish savory pudding. When it is brought in, someone recites Burns' Address to a Haggis. The supper also includes toasts, speeches, reciting of poems and singing of songs by Burns, and drinking Scotch.

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