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A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, rarely also known as Robert Burns Day (or Robbie Burns Day[1] or Rabbie Burns Day) or more commonly Burns Night (Scots: Burns Nicht), although they may in principle be held at any time of the year.

When Is Burns Night 2017

The night is a way to remember the life of the 18th century bard and it falls on his birthday – Monday, January 25.

The tradition started a few years after the poet's death in 1796, when his friends commemorated his career on the date of his death (July 21) each year.
So began the Burns Supper, and more than two centuries later it is has become a nationwide event with recitals of the poet's works and a haggis dinner.

Who was Robert Burns?

Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.

Of all the poets who have written in the Scottish language, Burns is most well-known, although much of his writing is also in standard English and a light Scots dialect.

Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement.

After his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world.

Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature.

In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV, narrowly beating William 'Braveheart' Wallace.


The first supper was held in memoriam at Burns Cottage by Robert Burns' friends on 21 July 1801, the fifth anniversary of his death, and have been a regular occurrence ever since. The first still extant Burns club was founded in Greenock in 1801 by merchants born in Ayrshire, some of whom had known Burns. They held the first Burns supper on what they thought was his birthday, 29 January 1802, but in 1803 they discovered in Ayr parish records that his date of birth was 25 January 1759.[2] Since then, suppers have been held on or about 25 January.

Burns suppers may be formal or informal. Both typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish celebrated by Burns in Address to a Haggis), Scotch whisky, and the recitation of Burns's poetry. Formal dinners are hosted by organisations such as Burns clubs, the Freemasons, or St Andrews Societies and occasionally end with dancing when ladies are present. Formal suppers follow a standard format.

What’s on a Burns Supper menu?

The Burns night celebration centres on the entrance of the haggis (a type of sausage prepared in the stomach of a sheep), which is traditionally piped in to the sound of bagpipes.

Once the dish is on the table, the host addresses the haggis, often with either Robert Burns’ The Selkirk Grace or his Address to a Haggis.

The haggis is then sliced opened and served with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes).

There are usually several toasts throughout the evening, with the night ending with guests holding hands singing Auld Lang Syne.

How is Burns night celebrated?

The meal and toasts form the focal point of the festivities, but many people also like to recite his wider work, drink whiskey, take part in Scottish dancing and play the bagpipes.

While some people like to wear kilts, it is often disputed whether or not Burns would have done himself.

Many people argue that as a Lowlander he would not typically have worn them.

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