Burns Night falls on January 25 and it marks the birthday of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, who died in 1796.

Burns Night 2023: 9 traditions of a classic Burns Night to celebrate Scotland’s national poet

Burns Night is the annual celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, and it combines two things that Scots historically have always done superbly well; celebrations and whisky.

Known as the national poet of Scotland, the works of Robert Burns are revered worldwide as they prominently feature the Scots language and his timeless sense of humour which can be seen throughout many of his works. With Burns Night just around the corner us Scots are preparing to take part in the celebrations and all the haggis it entails.

The event was first observed back in 1801 when close friends of ‘Rabbie’ held an evening known as ‘the first Burns night supper’ in honour of their friend who had passed away 5 years earlier, and little did they know that over 200 years later we would still be commemorating his legacy on January 25.

If you are planning to celebrate Burns Night in 2023 then continue reading to discover 9 traditional Burns Night customs so you can mark the Scottish event authentically.

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