Birthday of Robert Burns

National Holiday — Day of the birth of the poet Robert Burns (Robert Burns, on January 25 1759 — July 21 in 1796) is widely celebrated in his native Scotland. The Scots are very proud of their famous compatriot and honor his memory. The holiday is held not only in Scotland, but in many areas of the UK.

Birthday of Robert Burns made in the form of dinner to celebrate (the so-called Burns Supper), conducted on a particular scenario. First — a small stage show, with poems, songs and folk dances. In Scotland, Burns is revered as a symbol of the nation, and therefore the poet's birthday — one of the most popular holidays in the country of the hills — is celebrated widely and loudly.

On this day shotlantsy removed from the wardrobes of costumes. Kilt and pattern fabric — tartan — passed only through the family line and determines the membership of a particular clan. Clans originate from ancient times, when only the Highlanders (Scots living in the mountains, not the plains) were divided into clans family. Belonging to a particular clan is still an important feature of Scottish family.

Festive treat in Burns' birthday is composed exclusively of Scottish cuisine. Hughes is traditionally prepared from finely minced sheep offal with the addition of oatmeal and spices. Together with Hughes at the holiday table served with boiled potatoes and turnips. For dessert, knowledgeable hostess prepares kranihen — whipped cream with raspberries and toasted oatmeal. And, of course, on the table that day — the famous Scottish whiskey.

was born in a farmer's family. Even in school, Robert began writing in a notebook his first poems. He wrote only that he has experienced and felt — the joy and sorrow, love of women, devotion homeland. Burns was a youth in need and hard work and, as usually happens, awakened his love. He had a tumultuous personal life is full of novels. The subject of his poems — it's love, freedom, and the nature of Scottish history. Scottish language was not for him the dying dialect and exquisite poetic tool. Poetry charms with its simplicity, playfulness and amazing musicianship.

Burns lauded as a romantic poet, but his poems and ballads reflect the practical common sense of the peasants among whom he grew up. Creativity Burns marked the heyday of Scottish poetry — lyric, earthy, satirical, sometimes naughty.

And now no Scottish home, where would not be standing on the shelves of books Burns and Burns, where there hung a portrait of him . Especially popular among Scottish Burns poem "In the mountains of my heart» (My Heart's in the Highlands), which is filled with a love of Scotland.

In the mountains of my heart ... Until now I was there,
On the trail of a deer flying through the rocks,
I drive I'm a deer, goat scare,
In the mountains of my heart, and I myself downstairs.
Farewell, my native land! North, farewell —
Fatherland edge of glory and valor.
On the fate of persecuted white light,
I'll stay forever your son!