Robert Burns was born in Alloway in the parish of Ayr in the south west of Scotland on 25th January 1759. His birth is traditionally celebrated around the world with a Burns Night Supper on or as near as possible to the 25th January. It’s an event quite unlike any other – in its full form comprising pipes, prayers, poetry, songs, speeches and the ritual slicing of a steaming haggis. And sometimes kilts are worn too. His poem Auld Lang Syne turned into a song is now traditionally sung to celebrate the New Year.