On 25 January millions of people celebrate Burns' Night, not just across the length and breadth of Scotland, but across every continent of the world.
It's a night of celebration that marks the anniversary of the birth of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, born on 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire. The celebration this year will be 250 years to the day since Scotland's national poet was born.
As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) Auld Lang Syne is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and Scots Wha Hae served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well-known across the world today, include A Red, Red Rose, A Man's A Man for A' That, To a Louse, To a Mouse, The Battle of Sherramuir, Tam O'Shanter and Ae Fond Kiss.
People have been observing this tradition for over 200 years and part of the tradition is the recitation of Burns "Address" or "Ode to a Haggis". I found some videos on youtube of the address and here is a link to one:
Tony Monaghan let it slip that he will be doing the recitation Sunday night.
I think we should lobby for a picture (at least) of him kilted, armed and dangerous. John