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A Celebratory Toast To Scottish Poet Robert Burns

Each year, fans gather for Scottish food, drink and music in honor of the poet Robert Burns. These Burns Suppers are held in January, his birthday, all over the world. Sam Whitehead of Here & Now contributor Georgia Public Broadcasting attended a Burns Supper to find out why the poet is so beloved more than 200 years after his death. Haggis, anyone?

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Guests cozy up to the cash bar for a nip of whisky, or other libation, to celebrate Robert Burns. (Sam Whitehead/GPB News)
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Guests cozy up to the cash bar for a nip of whisky, or other libation, to celebrate Robert Burns. (Sam Whitehead/GPB News)

Pipers ring in the start of the Burns Supper. (Sam Whitehead/GPB News)
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Pipers ring in the start of the Burns Supper. (Sam Whitehead/GPB News)