Burns Night 2009Posted on: 15 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves
The 25th January 2009 will mark 250 years to the day since Scotland’s national poet was born.
Though he died in 1796 at the age of 37 in the direst poverty, the poet Robert, or Rabbie Burns became a national and literary hero in Scotland and his birthday is celebrated every year on Burns Night.
The first gatherings to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns were held by a group of his friends on the anniversary of his death on the 21st July. In the early 1800s the first Burns Clubs were set up with Burns Night celebrations the focus of their year.
Nowadays Burns Night is on the 25th January, the anniversary of his birth, and is a time of great celebration all around the world.
Anyone can celebrate Burns Night, but there are some essential elements. The haggis, with neeps (swedes) and tatties (potatoes) are a must.
Find out more about Rabbie Burns and how Burns Night is celebrated by clicking on the links below.
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