What is Burns Day?
- Burns Day is a day which celebrates the life of the famous poet Robert Burns from Scotland. He wrote many famous Scottish poems.
- A Burns supper is a dinner which is held every year on the evening of Robert's birthday, the 25th Janurary.
- Robert Burns died in 1796 and his friend's started celebrating his life every year after he died.
- A burns supper is traditionally a dinner called 'haggis, neeps and tatties'. This is a mixture of meat served with potatoes and turnips.
- During the dinner, the haggis (a traditional meat dish) is carried into the room while bagpipes (music) is being played. A poem is read before the haggis is cut.
- In elementary schools in Scotland, children learn Robert's poems and read them in competitions.
- People like to wear tartan patterned clothing on Burns Day.
- Robert Burns wrote a famous song called 'Auld Lang Syne' and in many countries this song is played at New Year!
- In Japan, the music from this song is used for a popular song called 蛍の光. When I heard this for the first time in Japan, I was very surprised!
Have you ever heard about Robert Burns?
Do you like the song 蛍 の光 ?