Burns Night



January 25th is a special day in Scotland. Every year there is a festival to celebrate the life and work of a poet called Robert Burns.   Burns lived in the Scottish town of Dumfries in the 18th century and he wrote poems about politics, life, love and drinking whiskey.

The focus of the festival is a special meal called a Burns supper which is eaten in the evening. The main part of the meal is a haggis, which is like a very large sausage made with meat, onions and spices. It’s eaten with potatoes and vegetables. When the haggis is brought into the room it’s a tradition for someone to read a poem by Burns called ‘Address to a Haggis’. Traditional bagpipe music is often played and the evening usually ends with Scottish dancing.


supper         a meal eaten in the evening

bagpipes      a musical instrument played in Scotland