|15 January 2016|

Drinking whisky and eating haggis will be the order of the day for many Scots across the world on 25 January.

That’s when glasses will be raised to Scotland’s poet, Rabbie Burns, who has enchanted and inspired so many for over 250 years with his wonderful poems and songs. Not a bad return for a man who only spent 37 years on earth.

He wrote the words to Auld Lang Syne. The song the world sings to welcome in each new year.

“Nothing was too small or too large to escape his notice, from a mouse in the mud to God in his heavens. A poet for all seasons, Burns speaks to all, soul to soul,” states the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Born in Ayr on January 25, 1759, Rabbie was a passionate man who is now synonymous with the country of his birth.

And thanks to the Scottish diaspora, which runs into the tens of millions, the country’s most famous son will continue to be celebrated for centuries to come.