Each year on 25th January, Scotland its diaspora marks the annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns through the ritual of the Burns Supper. Robert Burns was born in 1759 but his poetry has survived as testament to the proud literary heritage of Scotland.
Robert Burns is to Scotland what Shakespeare is to England. In a way, Rabbie Burns (as the Scots call him) was the rock star of his day, known as much for his poetry as for his hedonistic lifestyle, including womanising and his love of drink.
The Address to a Haggis is one of Robert Burns' most famous and regularly performed poems. No Burns Supper is complete without this pomp and ceremony in tribute to Scotland’s national dish. Luckily for any incentive groups coming to Scotland, they are in safe hands. Hello Scotland’s own Bill Thomson is a master of the Address to a Haggis and delivers it with enthusiasm and gusto. The end of any celebration in Scotland is rounded off by a rousing version of Auld Lang Syne, another well-loved Rabbie Burns influenced piece of prose.
Happy Burns Night for tomorrow, Sláinte!
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