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Robbie Burns Day

Although it has been over 200 years since the first Robbie Burns supper was celebrated in Alloway, Scotland, the tradition is alive and thriving in Alberta. The most famous of Scottish poets and songwriters, Robbie Burns became the voice of a nation, composing hundreds of poems, songs and letters, all of which chronicled the life of the common Scotsman. For many Albertans, his words symbolize Scotland and all things Scottish, and the annual festivities in his honour reflect and celebrate Alberta's Scottish heritage.

Robbie Burns celebrations are held around the world on or near the day of his birth on January 25th. In Canada, Robbie Burns Day suppers are often held in church basements and community halls. Festivities vary but the traditional supper would not be complete without hearty servings of mashed potatoes, turnips and haggis. In Alberta, the Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site in Edmonton has hosted Robbie Burns Day celebrations for over 17 years. Enthusiastically attended, the event features piping, poetry readings and dancing.

Further Resources:
www.rabbie-burns.com- for more information on Robbie Burns and how the supper and related traditions are celebrated.
www.burnsheritagepark.com-a National Heritage Park in Scotland dedicated to Robert Burns.
www.anythingscottish.com-the web site of Scottish Imports Inc. in Edmonton.

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