Burns Night - January 25
Thu, Jan 25, 2024

Burns Night

One of the most revered holidays in Scotland is associated with the name of a beloved poet. Creativity Burns is included in the list of cultural heritage of the country. Burns Night is celebrated not only in the poet’s homeland, but also by admirers of the talented writer in different parts of the world.


The idea to arrange a dinner in honor of Robert Benj came to his close friends. They got together 5 years after his death and decided to have a memorial dinner on a friend’s birthday. For the first time, Burns Night was celebrated in a close circle by the poet’s relatives in 1801.

A few years later, a dinner in honor of the Scottish poet turned into a national evening of remembrance. Solemn events are held at the state level, but this does not prevent the Scots from gathering at the family table and remembering the works of their favorite bard.

For a dinner in honor of Burns, the national dish is necessarily prepared – haggis (a savory pudding made from a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs) and Scotch whiskey. During the evening, the poems of the poet are remembered, and the holiday ends with the traditional herring.

Useful facts

  • Not a single Burns Night is complete without reading the poet’s famous work – “Address to a Haggis”.
  • Every evening there is a bagpipe, it does not have to be a live sound, many Scots simply include national melodies.
  • In Scotland, Robert Burns is considered not just a talented poet, but a national hero.
  • Admirers of the poet’s work have not abandoned the tradition even during a global pandemic. The celebration of the celebration was transferred to the Internet.

How to celebrate

In Scotland, the holiday is held according to the traditional scenario. The evening begins with a welcoming speech, then a feast to the sounds of bagpipes, reading Burns’ poems, and dancing. Men must wear a kilt to the event, and the younger generation is allowed to replace it with a striped ribbon thrown over the shoulder.

Before serving the main course. The owner plunges a knife into the haggis and reads the poem/excerpt “Ode to Haggis”.

You can honor the memory of the great Burns without the national Scottish dishes. Just arrange an evening with friends, read the works of the bard, read his biography.

When is Burns Night celebrated in 2024?

Burns Night is observed on January 25 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday January 25 2024
Saturday January 25 2025
Sunday January 25 2026
Monday January 25 2027

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