January 25th marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national bard Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns.
Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland, on January 25, 1759 and he died in Dumfries, Scotland, on July 21, 1796.
He wrote many poems, lyrics and other pieces that addressed political and civil issues.
Arguably his most popular work is Auld Lang Syne, which is sung at New Year’s Eve celebrations in many parts of the United Kingdom and other places around the world every time the clock strikes midnight. The bagpipes are a must!
A Burns Night Supper includes some heart cuisine and speeches and these can range from an informal gathering of friends to a huge, formal dinner full of pomp and circumstance.
You can find out more about Scotland’s favourite son at the Gateway to Scotland Website.
Take a look at the Visit Scotland website too.
Here’s one of my favourite poems by Burns called Up in the Morning Early taken from the Scottish Poetry Library website:
Cauld blaws the wind frae east to west, The drift is driving sairly; Sae loud and shrill’s I hear the blast, I’m sure it’s winter fairly. Up in the morning’s no for me, Up in the morning early; When a’ the hills are cover’d wi’ snaw, I’m sure its winter fairly. The birds sit chittering in the thorn, A’ day they fare but sparely; And lang’s the night frae e’en to morn, I’m sure it’s winter fairly. Up in the morning’s no for me, Up in the morning early; When a’ the hills are cover’d wi’ snaw, I’m sure its winter fairly.