25 January 2018
Burns Night is celebrated today in Scotland – and around the world.
Nicola Sturgeon reflects on the enduring relevance of Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard.
The First Minister said:
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.”
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) January 25, 2018