Every month end of January, Burns’ Night is celebrated,a yearly event that honors Robert Burns, who is Scotland’s most notable poet. The night is a way of celebrating the 18th-century bard’s life and the celebration also falls on his birthday of January 25.
The celebration started few years after the bard’s death, after his friends remembered his works on his death on July 21 of each year.After two centuries, it has become a national celebration with recitals of Burns’ works and a haggis dinner.
How to celebrate Burns’ Night?
The way Burns Supper has been celebrated has changed little since it started. The celebration starts with a welcome and announcements, which is followed by the Selkirk Grace. After the grace is the piping and haggis cutting, during the reading of Burn’s famous “Address to a Haggis” and the haggis is cut. The celebration normally lets people begin eating right after the presentation of the haggis. During the end of the meal, a number of toasts and replies are made. This is done during the toast to “the immortal memory”, which is an outline of the life and work of Burns is delivered. The celebration normally ends with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”.
Who is Robert Burns?
Robert Burns or known by other names like Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and other names and nicknames, was a Scottish lyricist and poet. He is considered as Scotland’s national poet and is widely celebrated all over the world. He is a famous poet, who uses the Scots language in his writings, though much of his works uses English and light Scots dialect, which audience aside from Scots have enjoyed. He also used Standard English, and in these works, his civil or political commentary is sometimes at its dullest.
He was considered as a forerunner of the Romantic Movement, and after his death, he was a great inspiration to the initiators of socialism and liberalism, a national icon in Scotland and the Scottish movement all over the world. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the celebration of his work and life had almost become a state captivating trend, and his impact has been influential to Scottish literature. The Scottish television STV conducted a vote run in 2009 and had chosen Robert Burns as the greatest Scot.
Aside from creating original works, Burns also gathered folk songs all over Scotland, sometimes adapting or revising them. His work, the “Auld Lang Syne” is sometimes sung at Hogmanay, which is the last day of the year and the “Scots WhaHae” served for a certain time as the unofficial national anthem of Scotland. Other famous works of Burns that had remained well know all over the world today include “Ae Fond Kiss”, “The Battle of Sherramuir”, “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”, “Tam o’ Shanter”, “To a Louse” and “To a Mouse”.
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