Happy Burns Day!

Today is a very special day in Scotland as they are celebrating the life of the very famous and talented Scottish poet, Robert Burns!  Born on this day in 1759 in Ayr, Scotland, Burns became famous for writing poetry in the Scots language. Today in Scotland and many other countries they are celebrating his life and work with a special evening.

Who was Robert Burns?

Robert Burns was a poet and lyricist and was regarded as the national poet of Scotland. His poem “Auld Lang Syne” later became a very popular traditional folk song sung at Hogmanay in Scotland and New Year’s Eve in English-speaking countries around the world.

How this Night is Celebrated?

Burns Night, also known as Burns Supper, happens annually on the 25th of January, the birthday of Robert Burns. On this night, informal and formal dinner parties are held and guests enjoy a meal consisting of haggis, potatoes (tatties) and mashed swede (neeps). After this, they drink Scotch whiskey and recite some of Burns’ great poems. The night then ends by singing Auld Lang Syne.

How you can celebrate this great day in your classroom?

As a special treat we have added the famous poem “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns to the poetry section of the Teleprompter Tool in the Upper Years' Literacy levels! The poem is one of the best love poems of all time and it is written in old Scots language. We hope your class has a great time reading this poem!

We would love to hear from you if you are celebrating Burns Day! Please let us know how you are celebrating this day.