Today is the day that Scots around the world commemorate the birth of Scotland’s favourite son, poet Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796).
It is a day that was celebrated in my family most notably following my father joining the Highland Creek Pipes and Drums. A couple of years after my father joined the band as a piper, I joined the band as a drummer.
Each year the band organized and held a large Robbie Burns night that included dancing, a buffet dinner including haggis, a performance by the band and, of course, Burns’ Address To A Haggis performed incredibly well by a band member.
The Burns dinner and dance served as one of the band’s chief fundraisers each year. Funds raised were used to purchase new uniform items and band supplies.
Wherever you celebrate and however you celebrate Robbie Burns Day, be safe and have fun!