Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, was born on January 25, 1759 and lived to be 37. He was born in the southwest lowland into a poor farmer’s family.
At the age of 27 Robert Burns published a volume of his poetry. To his surprise it was a success and he went to Edinburgh to arrange for a second edition. In Edinburgh Burns became a celebrated figure among his admiring readers.
On 25th January the world celebrates birthday of Robert Burns (1759 – 1796). An attribute of the festival is haggis – traditional Scottish dish of lamb offals ( heart, liver and lungs) with chopped onion and oatmeal. Haggis is served with garnish “neeps and tatties”.
After dinner declare a one – minute silence. The night ends of the bagpiper game and traditional Scottish dance. At the end, all participants stand in a circle and sing the good old Scottish song “ Auld Lang Syne”.
Robert Burns loved Scotland. He composed verses to the melodies of old Scottish folk-song. He sang of the woods, fields and wonderful valleys of his native land.
The first dinner were held in Ayrshire at the end of the 18th century by Robert Burns friends on the anniversary of his death, 21 July, in memoriam and they have been a regular occurrence ever since. Burns suppers may be formal or informal.
In 1787, he married Jean Armour. This marriage had bornfive children. Burns died in 21 July 1796 in Dumfries. He was 37 years old. His best known songs date from these final years.
“ John Barleycorn” (1782), “ The Jolly Beggars” (1785), “ Holy Willie’s Prayer” (1785), “ The Holy Fair (1786), “ My heart in the mountains” – all this verses of the simple life, the sorrows and joys of the peasants. He wrote about what is interesting and important to the ordinary man…
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