We don't need much of an excuse to buy a bottle of single malt whisky or to pour a dram. But next week, we're more than justified: Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard, was born on January 25, 1759.
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Why does the typical American know about -- if not celebrate -- St. Patrick's Day, but not Robert Burns Day? I have no idea. Or as a Scot might say, I cannae tell ye.
On January 25, give or take a day or two, people around the globe will gather to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's greatest literary figure.
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