Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist and is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and his work became nationally celebrated due to his influence on Scottish literature. As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland often adapting them. Some of his work includes the poem and song, “Auld Lang Syne”, “Scots What Hae”, A Red, Red, Rose and many others.
After his death, in 1796, a group of friends got together to celebrate his life. They had a series of events such as an address to the haggis, a toast to the ‘Burns’ and a number of songs and tunes. Celebrations have continued throughout the years and to this day.
The Antigonish Highland Society holds a similar event each year on January 25th as it is the day Robbie Burns was born. It includes, Piping in the Guests, Address to the Haggis, Toast to the Lassies as well as many local performers.
Here are some photos of past events!