Two weeks ago if you were up in Scotland celebrating Hogmanay (the last day of the year) you can't not have joined in a few renditions of "Aulde Lang Syne" written in 1788 by poet and lyricist Robert Burns.
Also known as 'The Bard', Burns was highly regarded in Scotland thanks to the bards or poems he wrote addressing social and political issues of his generation. He is one of Scotland's most prized and famous icons. He died on 21 July, 1796. On the anniversary of his death, his friends organised a supper in honour of his life and contribution to literature. It was later changed to January 25, which marks his birthday. Today, Burns Suppers are held all around the world on January 25 by people with Scottish origins.
What is interesting is that Burns is still making headlines today. In Saturday's 'The Guardian' newspaper, mention was made of the discovery of three long-lost manuscripts as well as correspondence between the Scottish author and his friends. To view the article, click HERE.
|'Haggis' - for photo source, click HERE|
At the Burns Supper, people gather at the dinner table sharing toasts and reading pieces from Burns' works. One of the main events of the night though is the Haggis - a type of sausage prepared in a sheep's stomach. (Click on the Haggis photo on left for how to make it if you're interested). As it is laid on the table, the host reads out 'Address to a Haggis' by Burns, then it is sliced in two and the meal begins. For more on the Burns Supper, celebrations and events taking place this year or to hear the story of Robert Burns, click HERE.