With the 25th of January now only a few days away, people in Scotland and throughout the world are gearing up to celebrate the life and works of one of Scotland's most famous sons, Robert Burns
Robert Burns, born 221 years ago in Alloway, Ayrshire, is arguably one of the most iconic Scots in history. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, with his poetic and lyrical legacy deeply rooted in Scottish culture through works such as "Auld Lang Syne", "A Man's A Man For A' That", and "Scots Wha Hae".
Such is Burns' influence on Scottish culture that the celebration of his life and contribution to Scottish culture through the holding of a "Burns Supper" has become an annual tradition in Scotland and in those countries with strong Scottish cultural connections, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.
The Burns Supper follows a fairly simple format that has not deviated much since its inception in 1801. Typically, it will include traditional Scottish music and dance, a dinner, the presentation of a haggis, and the recitation of works of Burns.
Burns Suppers are a great way for those with Scots heritage to get in touch with Scottish culture, so we encourage anyone who may be interested in attending a Burns Supper to contact their local Caledonian Society, Scottish Society, or Scottish cultural organisation to see if one is being held nearby.
For those based in Auckland, there will be a "Burns Night Ceilidh" being held The BlueStone Room. Click here for more information about this event.