It's Burns Night!

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Grab your neeps and tatties, boil that freshly caught Haggis and raise a glass to Rabbie Burns.

It's Burns Night! An evening for celebrating Scotland's most revered wordsmith. Hogmanay celebrations are merely over, but there're always reasons to celebrate here in Scotland. Today we celebrate our national bard.

When you enjoy your haggis, neeps and tatties tonight accompanied by class poetry, songs and few drams, you can impress the people around with some fascinating facts about Rabbie Burns.
Did you know that there are more statues dedicated to Burns around the world than any other non-religious figure, after Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus?
Or that Ploughman Poet himself was the first person ever to feature on a commemorative bottle of Coca-Cola in 2009?
What about that 'Auld Lang Syne' is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being one of the top three most popular songs in the English language. The other ones are 'Happy Birthday' and 'For he's a jolly good fellow'?

You can find more interesting facts from Scotland.org's brilliant app 'The Works of Burns', which gives you access to more than 550 poems and love songs. It's also completed with a useful glossary of terms to help get your tongue around the Scots words, and, of course, a full guide on how to host an authentic Burns Supper.

Sláinte Mhath!

Rabbie Burns - the bard

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