Alloway, Scotland January 25th
Best known in the States for having penned “Auld Lang Syne”, Robert Burns was in fact a Scottish hero of the humanities, a poet renowned for his wit and wisdom. How, then, is he celebrated? With a giant pile of intestine, of course! Every January Burns’ memory is honored with a toast to, and the consumption of, haggis, Scotland’s national dish of sheep heart, liver, and lungs. Accompanied with whiskey and a reading of Burns’ “Address to a Haggis”, the collection of boiled meats encased in stomach is brought out to a bagpipe processional, and then served to all celebrants… whether they want it or not.