A long tradition stretching back hundreds of years, the very first Burns supper was arranged by the legendary poet’s pals, who got together on the fifth anniversary of his death, way back in 1801, to raise a glass to him.
Ever since then, people across Scotland – and the world – have gathered annually to honour the life and poetry of this literary giant.
1. World's Biggest Burns Supper
The haggis is piped in at the 'world's biggest burns supper' at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange in 2003. Photo: ROB MCDOUGALL
2. Burns-themed car
A bunch of 'reporters' posed with a Burns-themed car, which had the registration number 'HAG IS', for the Evening News Burns Supper at the Assembly Rooms in 1997. Photo: TINA NORRIS
3. Addressing the Haggis
A speaker addresses the haggis at a Burns Supper in Edinburgh's Kintore Rooms on Queen Street, in January 1974. Photo: Stan warburton
4. The arrival of the haggis
The haggis is held aloft by a chef while it is piped in at the Evening News Burns Supper in the Assembly Rooms in 1997. Photo: Julie Bull