Today we celebrate oor national bard, Robert Burns. One stormy night in Alloway's village in South Ayrshire, the world-renowned poet was born on 25 January 1759. In his brief 37 years, his extraordinary way with words captured the hearts of many, and for the last two centuries, his legacy has endured around the world.
Not sure of his work? Well, if you've spent Hogmanay on Princess Street ringing in the bells, we guarantee you've belted out one of his classics - Auld Lang Syne!
"For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne."
You can find out more about his work here - www.visitscotland.com/about/famous-scots/robert-burns/famous-works/
The first Burns Supper was held in July 1801 when nine of Burns' close friends came together to mark the fifth anniversary of their friend's death. Back at his birthplace in Alloway, they indulged in a delicious Scottish meal of haggis, performances of his work and a speech in honour of the great bard (now known as the Immortal Memory).
The night was such a resounding success they decided to hold it again but mark his birthday instead, beginning the tradition that has now lasted over two centuries. Alas, our celebrations have to be apart this year. However, never fear in the true scots spirit the Burns and Beyond festival has put together a fantastic digital programme to keep the Burns celebrations thriving in lockdown. Check it out - www.burnsandbeyond.com/
Plus, if you're looking for some great fun activities to do with the wee ones and learn a bit more, VisitScotland has put together a wonderful pack for you and the kids to do together. Just download it here!