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January 25 is Burns Night: Celebrating “Rabbie” Burns

By January 23, 2014

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Robert Burns, is even now, more than two centuries after his brief life, Scotland’s favorite son—“The People’s Poet,” as Andrew O’Hagan explained in his 2008 essay in The Guardian and his 2011 BBC documentary. Burns is also known as the “Ploughman Poet,” “Robden of Solway Firth,” and the “Bard of Ayrshire,” and if you hear a Scot referring simply to “Rabbie” or “The Bard,” you know he is speaking of Burns. His birthday, January 25th, is the occasion for annual Burns Suppers, celebrating his life, his famously convivial spirit, his poems and songs, whisky and haggis and all things Scottish—not only in Scotland itself, but all over the world, from a ritzy black-tie/Highland dress event at Stirling Castle to a céilidh at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool, from Highlands Gastropub, St. Andrews Scotch Club, and Incognito Italian Bistro in New York City to a whole list of places in London, to a traditional Burns Supper including bagpiper at Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant in Mombasa, Kenya. So get your kilt on, memorize a few of Burns’ verses, and toast the Bard with a wee dram of whisky this weekend!

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