Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet, is celebrated each year on his birthday, 25th January, a tradition that has been taking place since 1796. An inspiration to Abraham Lincoln, who claimed that the poet’s verse played a key role in helping him win the Civil War and abolish slavery, Robert Burns plays a part in everyone’s annual tradition, singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Throughout the country various tartan outfits will be donned and the traditional Burns Night supper will be served. Typically a haggis, or as Burns described it, the ‘great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race’, is piped in to the dining table. Everyone stands as the ‘Address to a Haggis’ is recited and a toast is proposed before being dished up along with ‘neeps and tatties’, or to us laymen, turnip and potatoes, it is accompanied by a traditional cranachan, a delicious dish of raspberries with honey, whisky and toasted oats.
Speeches commemorating Burns and an ‘Address to the Lassies’ along with a ‘Reply from the Lassies’ are given, and, of course, a rousing chorus of ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ at the end of the night is a must.
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