Celebrate Scotland's national Bard this Burns Night
Events around the country pay tribute to one of the nation's finest wordsmiths
It’s that time of year again – dig out your tartan trews and practise your Toast to the Lassies: it’s Burns Night.
On 25 January each year, Scots and Scots-at-heart around the world raise a glass to the memory of our national Bard, Robert Burns, as they prepare to dig in to the infamous haggis.
But, as much as we love it, Robert Burns was about more than haggis and 'Auld Lang Syne' – which, as it happens, is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being one of the top three most popular songs in the English language. And there’s not many people who can claim Michael Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and Bob Dylan as fans, but our Robert Burns can!
The Bard penned some of Scotland’s most descriptive and evocative prose, as is known around the world for his inspirational and moving writing style. 'Tam O'Shanter', 'To A Mouse', 'A Man's A Man for a' That' and 'A Red, Red Rose' are among some of his more popular poems.
Apart from being immortalised in what is the oldest existing statue to a poet anywhere in the world (in Camperdown, Australia) he was also the first ever person to appear on a commemorative bottle of Coca-Cola.
There are numerous local Burns Suppers taking place the length and breadth of Scotland, as well as events happening as part of Scotland Winter Festivals. The Big Burns Supper in Dumfries is looking forward to their biggest festival yet, while in Inverness plenty of family fun can be had at the Haggis Lich Nicht. National Museums Scotland has a variety of events going on for Burns Unbound, and since 2002 the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award has recognised those who help others.