The end of January in Scotland marks Burns Night. This day is always celebrated with a Burns supper on or near the 25th of January. Often times they are formal events, but of course they can be casual celebrations amongst friends. Sometimes they are men only, and sometimes they are mixed events that finish the night with a ceilidh. So, deciding what to wear can sometimes be a bit confusing. Most dinners do not require you to wear tartan, but it is so much more fun to join in if you do.
A traditional Burns Supper is the celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns. The first Burns Suppers were held in memorium of Robert Burns’ death on July 21 at the end of the 18th century. These dinners were held by his friends in Ayrshire. As the popularity for Burns Suppers progressed, the First Burns Club was organized in 1808 by merchants in Greenock and these more widely-known suppers were held on the anniversary of his death, January 25th.