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Robert Burns is a Scottish poet best known for penning “Auld Lang Syne,” written in 1788.
Each year on or near his birthday, January 25, Burns suppers are organized around the world to celebrate and honor the well-loved poet.
Also known as Robert/Rabbie Burns Day or Burns Night, the suppers may be formal or informal, and typically include haggis, the traditional Scottish dish celebrated by Burns in his “Address to a Haggis.”
Formal suppers follow a standard format, including the serving of traditional Scottish dishes, the recitation of works by Burns and the playing of bagpipes accompanying the entrance of the main course of haggis.
Amusing toasts of a lighthearted nature are made between the sexes by chosen members of the audience. The suppers close with recitations of more poems, finalizing with the singing of “Auld Land Syne.”
In Panama, the yearly Burns Night celebration usually includes dancing accompanied by bagpipes with guests encouraged to participate.