Description and List of Roberts Burns Dinners
Question: Who was Scotland's greatest poet?
Answer: Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Robert Burns was a prolific poet that wrote many of Scotland's greatest and most beloved poems. Even to this day we sing the lyrics of songs that Robert Burns wrote. Among the most notable songs are these: on New Year's Eve it is very common to sing "Auld Lang Syne" (meaning "old times sake") , "My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose", and "Scots Wha Hae" (Scots that have..."). At Robert Burns dinners Scottish culture and heritage is celebrated, especially through the lens of Robert Burns' poetry. It is very common to begin the dinner with a procession carrying the haggis, led by a bagpiper, and to have someone with poetic ability recite "Address To a Haggis", a poem also written by Robert Burns. The poem begins, "Fair fie your honest sauncy face,/ Great chieftain of the pudding race.... Of course, the dinner must include haggis on the menu, maybe shepherds pie, and "neeps and tatties" (turnips and potatoes). Also, most dinners include a speech on Scottish culture or history and songs, with some bagpipe and/or Scottish fiddle music, and maybe some highland dancing and/or Scottish Country Dancing, and a witty original toast to the lads and lassies with funny respones. Robert Burns dinners are always very fun and memorable events where people gather to remember and celebrate their history and heritage. It's a great place to wear some tartan heritage!