On January 25th, Scots around the world celebrate Robbie Burns Day.
Robbie Burns, also know as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, was born in Scotland in January 25, 1759 and died July 21 1796. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.
Every year on his birthday, a Robbie Burns Dinner is held. Traditionally it includes recitals of his poetry and a haggis dinner. Some of Burns’ most famous works include “Auld Lang Syne”, “Tam O’Shanter” and “Address to a Haggis”.
What exactly is haggis? A traditional haggis recipe describes haggis as "sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver, and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal's stomach and boiled". Source: http://www.obanargyll.com/haggis-recipe.html
Traditional haggis from Scotland has been banned from Canada since 1971. However, in 2017 the law was revised to permit import of Scottish haggis, provided it does not include that key ingredient, offal or sheep lung. One leading supplier from Edinburgh has already shipped 7 tonnes of haggis to Canada since August.
On January 25th, get your Scots on, try some haggis and raise a glass to the spirit of Robbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire.