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A Burns Supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems including “Auld Lang Syne,” which is generally sung as a folk song at Hogmanay and other New Year celebrations around the world. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet’s birthday, 25 January, sometimes also known as Robert Burns Day or Burns Night (Burns Nicht), although they may in principle be held at any time of the year. Burns suppers are most common in Scotland, but they occur wherever there are Burns Clubs, Scottish Societies, expatriate Scots, or lovers of Burns’ poetry.

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Don't forget to check out my Redbubble Portfolio Selkirk Grace Tam O Shanter Greeting Cards Tam O'Shanter T-Shirt The first suppers were held in Ayrshire at the end of the 18th century by his friends on the anniversary of his death, 21 July, In Memoriam and, although the date has changed to 25 January since then, they have been a regular occurrence ever since. They may be formal or informal but they should always be entertaining. The only items which the informal suppers have in common are haggis, Scotch whisky and perhaps a poem or two. Formal dinners given by organisations such as the Freemasons or St Andrews Societies and occasionally end in a céilidh when ladies are present. However whether they are single sex or not, the formal suppers follow a standard format.

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