On the 25th of January, people in Scotland come together to honour the life and work of our literary hero, Robert Burns. We celebrate with a Burns Supper, which combines a tasty meal of our iconic (and delicious) haggis, and a series of readings from Burns’ work.
Every Burns Night is celebrated slightly differently, but it all began when a group of Burns’ friends got together at his old cottage to mark the fifth anniversary of his death. They must have thought it a good night, as they decided to form a society and repeat the event six months later, on his birthday.
There were some initial hiccups, such as having the wrong date for Burns’ birthday! But from 1803 onward, the society has held a Burns Supper every year on the 25th of January. The popularity of the original Burns Society was so large, that more and more people heard about the Burns Suppers, and created their own Burns societies and events. Nowadays, Burns night is celebrated by many in Scotland and across the world.