Robbie Burns Night 

Saturday, Jan. 23

Great Scot!

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Great Scot!

Caledonians know Robert "Robbie" Burns is tops: Viewers of Scottish Television even ranked him "The Greatest Scot."

Revered as the national poet of Scotland—no mean feat in a country of bards—Burns was born Jan. 25, 1759 and is most noted for penning "Auld Lang Syne," which has become the standard song for sotted New Year's revelers.

Burns' birthday, or Burns Night, has been a national holiday in Scotland since 1802, with a ceremonial Burns supper consisting of a prayer, bagpipes, haggis, a Burns reading, toasts, a memorial biography and a chorus of "Auld Lang Syne."

The Caledonian Society of Idaho hosts its own Burns supper at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Riverside Hotel, with all the appropriate pomp (and more on the menu than haggis).

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