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Burns Night in Glasgow

Celebrate the birth of Scotland's Bard with a traditional haggis supper, a ceilidh or something else entirely
By Niki Boyle |

January 25 is an important date in Scotland's cultural calendar - it marks the birth of our national poet, Robert Burns (or Rabbie, if you're a local), and every year it is celebrated in traditional Scottish fashion. There's a big feast, the centrepiece of which is the haggis (which traditionally arrives heralded by bagpipes and is paid tribute to by the host before everyone tucks in). After dinner, there'll be a series of toasts and poems, often accompanied by at least one dram of whisky. Finally, after all the food has been eaten and the speeches have been heard, it's time to clear away the tables and take part in a ceilidh (pronounced 'kay-lih') - a Gaelic term for 'gathering' which involves live music and Scottish Highland dancing.

If you're not quite ready to host your own Burns Supper, you can always join in one of the official events listed below, taking place at some of Glasgow's best restaurants, bars and attractions.