Dancing, tartan, & haggis: Celebrating Robbie Burns

By Charlene Papasodaro

The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—The Selkirk and District Lions Club hosted the 39th annual Robbie Burns Dinner on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Selkirk Centennial Hall. Many people braved the snowy weather to take part in Scottish dance, song, and of course food.

Robert Burns, also called Rabbie Burns, was a Scottish poet, whose humorous poems used themes and language of everyday life. He was born on January 25, 1759 and died on July 21, 1796 of heart disease. Robbie Burns night is celebrated in Scotland and around the world on or around January 25 to commemorate his life and contribution to Scottish culture.

The event features the “Address to the Haggis”, a poem written by Burns, spoken during a ceremonial cutting of the haggis before it is served with dinner.

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