What is Burns night and who was Robert Burns?
Burns, is celebrated at the end of January every year. The night is a way to celebrate the life of the 18th century bard and it falls on his birthday - Monday, January 25.
The tradition started a few years after the poet's death in 1796, when his friends commemorated his career on the date of his death (July 21) each year.
So began the Burns Supper, and more than two centuries later it has become a nationwide event with recitals of the poet's works and a haggis dinner.
Who was Robert Burns?
Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.
Of all the poets who have written in the Scottish language, Burns is most well-known, although much of his writing is also in standard English and a light Scots dialect.
Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement.
After his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world.
Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature.