First Minister reflects on importance of Scotland’s national bard.
Looking ahead to Burns Night 2018, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“We’re very proud in Scotland that Burns Night is celebrated every year in towns and cities right around the world – from New Zealand to Norway and from Mexico to Malawi.
“Here in Scotland, there are events taking place the length and breadth of the country: from Dumfries’s Big Burns Supper, an 11 day festival, to Inverness’ Stramash – a celebration of Burns which this year has a special focus on children and young people. And of course Burns suppers will be taking place in homes and social venues throughout the land.
“I always think it’s remarkable and admirable that Scotland’s most celebrated national figure isn’t a politician, a soldier, or a king or queen, but is instead a writer – someone whose songs and poems have enriched millions of people’s lives.
“I think that says something about the continuing importance of culture in our lives. And of course it also highlights the enduring value of Burns’ work – the way his sympathy, humour and passion still speak profoundly to us today.
“For those qualities, and many more, Burns will be remembered and celebrated, ‘till a the seas gang dry.’
“So wherever you are, in Scotland or around the world, I hope you have a fantastic Burns Night. And I hope you’ll join me in taking time to toast the immortal memory of the great Rabbie Burns.”
Information and tips on celebrating Burns Night is available online.