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1.25.2012

Burns' Night, January 25th

I've stumbled upon an interesting piece of Scottish history, and just in time too.

In fact, January 25th is a special day throughout Scotland. An annual celebration called Burns' Night takes place, commemorating the life and contributions of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25th, 1759. This celebration takes place in evening-time during a special supper, including haggis as the main dish. Throughout the meal, poems and works of Robert Burns are read aloud, as part of the celebration of Scotland's favourite son, as he is sometimes referred to. I only just discovered this celebration and wondered if any of you knew of it?

EDIT: I happened across this article today: Think you know about Robert Burns? which contains a few other interesting facts.


My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer,
A-chasing the wild deer and following the roe -
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go!

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birthplace of valour, the country of worth!
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

Farewell to the mountains high cover'd with snow,
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below,
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods,
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods!


--Robert Burns


7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful poem! I think I'll have to look up more of his works. :)
    Have a Blessed Week!
    Tulip

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  2. Wow, that really is an inspiring poem! I especially liked the line: "The birthplace of valour, the country of worth!"

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. The Pinterest Challenge has been really fun so far and I'm looking forward to seeing what else other people and myself can create this week!

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  3. This is a lovely tribute to a beautiful country. Happy Robbie Burns Day!

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  4. If anyone knows "My Rest is In Heaven" the tune goes really well with "My Heart's in the Highlands"

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  5. Anonymous9/01/2012

    Nice work, Thanks

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  6. Anonymous9/02/2012

    Thank you for the excellent posts!

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  7. Wow, that really is an inspiring poem! I especially liked the line: " The birthplace of valour, the country of worth! " Thanks for the comment on my blog. The Pinterest Challenge has been really fun so far and I'm looking forward to seeing what else other people and myself can create this week!

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