Friday, January 25, 2008

Robert Burns' Birthday - 1759

Considered Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns was born to poor tenant farmers in 1759. The author of “Auld Lang Syne,” Burns became famous after he published his first volume of poetry, written in the Ayrshire dialect of Lowland Scots. When he died at age 37, 10,000 people turned out for the funeral of their beloved “Rabbie” Burns. Every year on this day, many Scots celebrate his honor with a ritual dinner of haggis and scotch whisky.

One of Burns' most popular ballads is called Auld Lang Syne, which means "Old long ago". Many people sing this at midnight on New Year's Eve to celebrate the end of another year gone by. Click here to see it. Click here to hear it.

Here is an entire pate devoted to the life and work of Robert Burns.


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