Burns Night is a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns, a famous Scottish poet. The event is held on January 25th, which is the anniversary of Burns’ birth in 1759.
During a Burns Night celebration, a traditional Scottish meal, typically featuring haggis as the main course, is served. Haggis is a savory pudding made of sheep organs, oatmeal, and spices, traditionally cooked in a sheep’s stomach. The meal is followed by speeches, toasts, and the recitation of Burns’ poetry. The most famous poem recited on Burns Night is “Address to a Haggis,” which is a humorous and celebratory tribute to the dish.
After the meal, traditional Scottish music and dancing, such as reels and jigs, is usually performed. The evening concludes with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a poem written by Burns that has become a universal song of friendship and farewell.
Burns Night is celebrated throughout Scotland, as well as by Scottish expatriates and enthusiasts around the world, and it is a great opportunity to experience traditional Scottish culture.