Rabbie Burns Night
Different kinds of celebrations, occasions, and holidays are being celebrated at different parts of the world. Some of these celebrations are held to honor a certain historical event that happened during the same day in the past while other are held to honor certain persons who have made an impact on cultures and traditions. In Scotland and some other countries in the world, one example of a very important occasion is the Burns Night.
What is Burns Night?
Burns Night is a special occasion held during the last day of January to honor the most famous poet of Scotland named Robert Burns. Specifically, the Burns Night is celebrated every 25th of January to celebrate the life of Robert Burns, who is a famous bard during the 18th century. This kind of tradition began during the 18th century, particularly after his death on the year of 1976. His friends started the tradition every 21st of July, which is the day of his death.
As the years went by, not only Burns’ friends celebrated the night but also a lot of people in Scotland until it became a nationwide event. People from other countries who want to honor the late poet also absorbed this tradition and celebrate the same occasion on the same day. For instance, people in England celebrate Burns Night London in their own homes at they do recitals of the late poet’s poems along with a fancy haggis dinner.
Who is Robert Burns?
Robert Burns is considered as the national poet of Scotland. From among the many poems and lyrics written in the Scottish language, those written by Burns are the most well-known. Furthermore, Burns has also written other poems in the English language and Scottish dialect.
Robert Burns is also known to be one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement. He even became an inspiration to a lot of people who founded socialism and liberalism.
Robert Burns has different nicknames or epithets. He is also famously known as Rabbie Burns and Bard of Ayrshire.