Kenya: a Black-Tie Burns evening organized by the British High Commissioner to Kenya

January 25 each year is a very special day in the Scottish calendar. Often called Burns Night, it is one of the biggest celebrations commemorating the life of Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet. Born in Ayrshire in 1759, his famous verses testify to Scotland’s proud literary history.

The British High Commissioner to Kenya, HE Jane Marriott OBE, hosted a special evening at her official residence on January 25, 2022 in honor of Robert Burns. Esteemed guests, invitation-only dinners had the opportunity to immerse themselves in Scottish culture through food, music and poetry. Plus there was a lot of scotch – which is an important part of Scottish identity. Burns and Scotch whiskey are synonymous. The Scottish poet wrote of his love for this national drink in his verse “O you, my muse! guid old Scotch.’

Widely considered Scotland’s national poet, after Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, Burns is said to have more statues dedicated to him around the world than any other non-religious figure. From an early age he nurtured a passion for poetry and to this day, written with grace and humor, and distinguished by an unassuming beauty, his poems continue to touch the hearts of people around the world who commemorate his legacy. , on or around his birthday (January 25). Robert Burns lived to be 37 and during that time traveled far and wide composing poems and songs. As well as creating original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them.

Two sets of Famous Burns poems were recited at the table, led by HE Jane Marriott on behalf of the ladies, while a representative of the press read on behalf of the gentlemen. The Burns Night Supper was in association with the International Diplomatic Supplies (IDS), to present Scotch and international whiskies.

This Scottish holiday has been celebrated for hundreds of years since the first supper was held by acquaintances of Robert Burns to commemorate his death. Today, he is marked all over the world to celebrate his life and work with events held in the weeks surrounding the late poet’s birthday. This is therefore more than a good reason to raise a “small glass” of whiskey while enthusiastically singing “Auld Lang Syne”.

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