January 25 is Burns Night. Traditionally folk would get together and recite Robert Burns’ poems, eat haggis and drink whisky.
Now none of those things is wrong or a bad thing to do this day – or any day, for that matter. However, perhaps the notion could be seen as a tad old fashioned and not, maybe, the most fun thing ever.
The thing about Burns’ stuff is that you don’t need to stick to tradition – you can shake things up. Burns’ of all people would have encouraged ignoring the rules and doing it his own way. While they hadn’t exactly invented rock stars when he was trotting about the country on his pony, he was a superstar with a sharp mind. Think Russell Brand, if he was a farmer and before he got sober.
This is his story:
There’s a lot of fun to be had with Burns – after all, he was all about fun, wherever he could get it.
Have a look at the Robert Burns activities on the Scottish Government’s website. DIY poems and quizzes. And that’s before you’ve poured yourself a dram.
There are a host of events around the country to mark the occasion including:
Big Burns Supper – 24-26 January
Live from Dumfries the World’s Biggest Burns Night Celebration presenting a light-inspired carnival parade with a cast of more than 2,000.