Burns Night

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2023 Date25 January 2023
2024 Date25 January 2024
Robert Burns Night

Burns Night History

Burn's Night seeks to commemorate the birthday and life of one of Scotland’s national poets, Robert Burns. Robert Burns was born 25 January, 1759 in Alloway, Scotland. He found major success at 27 with poems such as To a Louse, To a Mouse, and The Cotter’s Saturday Night. His poetry focused on aspects of farm life, regional experience, traditional culture, class culture, and religious practice. He died in 1796 at 37 years old.

Burn's Night was first held in 1801 by his close friends. An evening supper was held in honour of his life. Today, it is common to enjoy the traditional Scottish dish consisting of haggis (a savoury pudding containing meat, onion, and spices) and scotch whisky. Along with the meal, many people will recite Robert Burn’s poetry. This holiday is recognized by the Scottish Parliament as a key cultural event. It is celebrated annually on 25 January.

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Burns Night Facts

  • According to Scotland.org, with the exception of Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, there are more statues dedicated to Robert Burns than any other non-religious figure.
  • The largest collection of Robert Burn’s work is said to be in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library. His work there has been translated into almost 30 different languages.
  • Robert Burns became the first person to appear on a commemorative bottle of Coca Cola. His likeness was debuted in 2009.

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