Robert Burns Day, Burns Day Supper, Rabbie Burns Guide & Tips
Robert Burns, Scotland's Bard, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire, or simply Rabbie Burns, many names are used to describe Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland. Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, South Ayrshire, Scotland which means it is time for the Robert Burns Day Supper and maybe some Haggis.
Robert Burns wrote both in Scottish and English and was known as one of the pioneers of the romantic movement . An outspoken social critic and blunt political commentator Burns hated slavery, cherished liberty, and was deeply suspicious of the excesses of the Church. Robert Burns inspired later Liberals and Socialists in England. Robert Burns most famous composition is Auld Land Syne and others including; A Man's A Man For That. A Red, Red Rose, and Tam O'Shanter.
Robert Burns Day is celebrated in Scotland and around the world with the Robert Burns Supper or simply Burns Day Suppers. The first Burns Day Supper dates back to 1802 and was held in Greenock in Scotland's Central Lowlands. Ever since the Scottish Diaspora has transformed the Burns Day Supper to a world wide event.
The Burns Day Supper has followed the same format for centuries. Friends and Family gather, often sipping fine Scotch. The evening begins with the Selkirk Grace. - a poem attributed to Robert Burns. A bagpiper usually escorts the main dish, the Haggis (a gut of a sheep stuffed with oats and spices), into the dining room. The Address To A Haggis is delivered and the Haggis is cut open and served with other traditional Scottish food.
The immortal memory is then read. It is essentially a speech that outlines the life, work and impact of Robert Burns and his poetry is read during the supper. The evening often concludes with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.
Robert Burns died on July 21, 1796
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