Each year, on January 25th, Robbie Burns is celebrated with a night in his honour. Celebrations include haggis, song and of course Scotch. But who is Robbie Burns? And why do we celebrate him?
Robbie Burns was a Scottish poet in the 1700’s who was first celebrated for his book, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, beloved by Scots and Brits alike. The latter part of his life he spent compiling, editing and imitating traditional Scottish folk songs for The Scots Musical Museum and Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs. Both of these works were invaluable to the preservation of Scottish culture.
Burns poems are mostly about love, friendship, work and drink, you certainly know ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and you can thank Burns for those delightful words. To celebrate his tremendous contribution to Scottish culture, Robbie Burns is celebrated on his birthday, January 25th with the things he cherished most: food, friends, poetry and of course Scotch.
Raise a dram to him tonight if you’re part Scottish, or just a Scotch lover and enjoy some of our most beloved words of his:
Here’s a bottle and an honest friend!
What wad ye wish for mair man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o’care, man?
Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man:
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes not aye when sought, man.
– A Bottle and Friend, Robbie Burns