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From haggis to toasts: 8 Burns night traditions and their origins

January 25 is considered Scotland’s ‘other national day’ alongside St Andrew’s Day in late November – but what are the origins of the traditions observed?

Whether in a formal Burns Supper club setting, or just toasting with a dram at home, Burns’ Night gives the whole country a chance to reflect on our contribution to the world. Traditions of that night still exist today, and from the entertainment to the cuisine, we look at the origins of those special things that mark Burns night.

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