Holidays and Traditions


"The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, January 25." (Wikipedia)

Activities to print Poems and Songs
BURNS Robert Videos
Haggis Webquests
Lesson plans What is Burns Night ?

(Updated on 24/12/2016)



What is Burns Night ?

  • Burns Night: 35 great quotes about Scotland and the Scots - 25 January 2018

  • Burns Night celebration at his birth cottage – in pictures - 26 January 2016
    "For the first time in more than 200 years, a Burns supper was held at the cottage where Scotland’s national bard was born.
    The very first Burns supper – including haggis, toasts to the poet and recitals of his work – was held by a group of his friends in the Alloway cottage in 1801, five years after his death."


  • Celebrating Burns Night (BBC)

  • Burns Night - The running order for a traditional Burns Supper
    "The Burns Supper is an institution of Scottish life, a night to celebrate the life and genius of the national Bard.
    Suppers can be everything from an informal gathering of friends to a huge, formal dinner full of pomp and circumstance.
    This running order covers all the key elements you need to plan and structure a Burns Supper that suits your intentions."






Robert Burns :


  • A Scottish comic has rewritten Robbie Burns' classic poem 'Address to the Haggis' - and renamed it 'Address to the Deep-fried Mars bar'.
    "Paul Sneddon penned the new ode, which mocks the dietary habits of his compatriots and their penchant for alcopops...
    ''Robbie Burns is the embodiment of a lot about what is good about Scotland and a lot about what is not so good about Scotland,'' said Sneddon.
    ''He wrote incredibly moving poetry and romantic verse. And yet he was a drunk and a womaniser. "

    See "Address to the Deep-fried Mard bar" (

  • Scotland marks 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns
    "Thousands of people have taken part in events to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard."


  • Auld Lang Syne (Wikipedia)
    1 Usage 2 Melody 3 Lyrics 4 History 5 Trivia 6 External links
    - the VIDEO (YouTube)
    Theme of the film "Waterloo Bridge"



Haggis :

  • Haggis (Wikipedia)
    1 History 2 Folklore 3 Modern usage 4 Drinks with haggis 5 Use outside Scotland 6 Entertainment...


Listening :

  • ** Kaileigh : Robert Burns' Day in Scotland **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Kaileigh (Aberdeen, Scotland) - 9 février 2012
    Kaileigh talks about this famous Scottish celebration which takes place in January.



Activities to print :

  • Burns Night A1
    This worksheet is about a festival in Scotland in January. It introduces pupils to Burns Night, when and how it is celebrated in Scotland.
    There are vocabulary games. Pupils have to situate Scotland on a map, colour the Scottish flag and tick the right emblem.
    There is also an activity about the Highland Games.
    Created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

  • Burns Night A2
    This worksheet introduces pupils to Burns Night, when and how it is celebrated in Scotland.
    Pupils can test their knowledge of Scotland, there is a quiz containing ten questions about Scotland and Burns Night.
    Pupils can also enjoy a crossword puzzle after the quiz.

    Created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)
  • Caledonia - Homecoming Scotland 2009 advert (H.Q.)
    "Advert for "Homecoming Scotland 2009" featuring Dougie MacLean's Caledonia sung by celebrities from the fields of acting,sport and music.
    + Singers in order of appearance..."
    below the video on YouTube.
    (Il s'agit de la chanson de la publicité consacrée au 250ème anniversaire de la naissance de Robert Burns.)
    + A worksheet sent by Elisabeth PELLEGRINO (Ac. Dijon) - Niveau 6ème


Lesson plans :




Webquests :

  • BURNS NIGHT webquest (Ac. Reims) - UPDATED
    - Questions en français

    - J'ai recherché d'autres liens pour remplacer les liens morts sur le site de l'Académie de Reims.


Poems and Songs :