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This Sunday is Robbie Burns Day

Burns Supper BalmoralA Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems. The suppers are held on or near January 25, 2015, sometimes also known as Robert Burns Day, Robbie Burns Day or Burns Night.

Burns suppers are most common in Scotland and Northern Ireland but occur wherever there are Burns Clubs, Scottish Societies, expatriate Scots, or aficionados of Burns’ poetry. There is a particularly strong tradition of them in southern New Zealand’s main city Dunedin, of which Burns’ nephew Thomas Burns was a founding father.

Burns suppers may be formal or informal. Both typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish celebrated by Burns in Address to a Haggis), Scotch whiskey and the recitation of Burns’ poetry. Formal dinners are hosted by organizations such as Burns clubs, the Freemasons or St Andrews Societies and occasionally end with dancing when ladies are present. Formal suppers follow a standard format. (With material from: Wikipedia)

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Robbie Burns Night Tonight in Okotoks

The Okotoks Rotary Club is hosting a Robbie Burns night with dinner (yes, Haggis will be served), bagpipes and a dance featuring Fraid Knot. This event will be held at the Elks Hall at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased for $60 at Natural High Fitness, the Community Futures office, and Okotoks Western Wheel.

Watch Lionel McClelland recite the famous Robert Burns poem: Ode to a Haggis.

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