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Discovering the flavours of Scotland


Robert Burns is a well-known Scottish poet and lyricist from the 18th century who wrote mostly in the Scots language (Gaelic). In addition to writing and composing, he also devoted a lot of time to collecting folk songs. Since he did so much to conserve the traditional Scottish language, he worthily deserves recognition as the national poet of Scotland.

Burns became famous with his honest sentiments and powerful, patriotic and sometimes rebellious style of writing. His subject matter was varied. Revolutionary ideals, social reality about the misery of peasantry and the feasting of the nobility, and his liberal approach to love characterize most of his thinking. Much of his poetry had a social conscience and was addressed to everyday people.

The life and works of Burns are important all over Great Britain, and many people remember him on 25th of January, the day he was born.

The celebration includes a supper, which centres around ‘the haggis’, a typical Scottish dish, containing sheep’s heart, liver, lungs, suet, onion, oatmeal and spices, all filled in the stomach of the animal and served with ‘tatties’, (mashed potato) and ‘neeps’, (turnips) . The supper also traditionally includes a soup, Scotch whisky, recitation of Burns’ poetry and some Scottish music which, on a formal gathering, is played on Scottish bagpipes.


Staff and students from Babylon also organised a Burns supper as part of our social programme on 28th of January. The cooking started late Saturday afternoon. Although Louise took charge of the shopping, the cooking and preparation was a joint effort with everyone involved. As a result, the food tasted even more delicious. We really enjoyed the ceremony and at the end of the evening everybody felt a bit Scottish.