Today it is the birthday of famous Scottish Poet Robert Burns. He wrote the poem Auld Lang Syne which many of you will probably know. This poem was set to music and became well known as a song often sung to bring in the New Year.
In Scotland, Auld Lang Syne is often played at weddings, at the end of the evening, funerals and graduations and at the end of many other occasions.
everyone links crossed arms while singing
Robert Burns is the best loved Scottish poet, admired not only for his verse and great love-songs, but also for his character, his high spirits, 'kirk-defying', hard drinking and womanising! He came to fame as a poet when he was 27 years old, and his lifestyle of wine, women and song made him famous all over Scotland.
He was the son of a farmer, born in a cottage built by his father, in Alloway in Ayr. This cottage is now a museum, dedicated to Burns.
He wrote many poems such as Tam O'Shanter, Ode To A Haggis and My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose.
Burns died aged 37 of rheumatic fever which he contracted after falling asleep at the roadside (after a particularly vigorous drinking session) in pouring rain. The last of Burns' children was actually born during his funeral service.
For the last 200 hundred years, on his birthday, Scots celebrate the famous poet with a Burn's Supper. The Burn's Supper begins with the chairman of the Supper inviting the assembled company to welcome in the haggis which is piped in . The poem 'Ode To a Haggis' is recited and the haggis is then toasted with a glass of whisky. The evening ends with a rousing rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne'.