January 25, 1759 is the birthdate of the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns (perhaps best known in the U.S. for his poem and song “Auld Lang Syne”).
His birthday is widely celebrated, both in Scotland and around the world, with “Burns Suppers”.
The main dish at a Burns Supper is haggis, a traditional Scottish dish. Burns’s famous poem “Address to a Haggis” is read when the haggis is cut open. Haggis is usually described as a “savory pudding” which contains sheep’s guts (heart, liver and lungs) minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, stock, and then encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours. Haggis is often served with “neeps and tatties” (Scots: turnip and potato), boiled and mashed separately, with a glass of Scotch whisky to wash it down.
Personally, I wouldn’t dream of interacting with Haggis except perhaps in the sport called Haggis Hurling, which involves throwing a haggis as far as possible. The world record for haggis hurling was achieved by Lorne Coltart on 11 June 2011, who hurled his haggis 217 feet.
You can learn more about Robert Burns in this short, entertaining video accessible here.
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