Robert Burns and Burns Night celebrated by Google doodle

Google is taking us down a cultural path again today with a doodle dedicated to the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

Burns night is a massive tradition in Scotland and the city of Edinburgh is leading the way with festivities and events based on the life and works of one of its most famous historical figures.

Scotland thrives on the attraction of events such as Burns Night and Robert Burns’ cottage in Alloway, Ayr has become something of a pilgrimage for many visitors. To compliment that a recently completed museum dedicated to Robert Burns was opened by Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, who spoke of the importance of the £21m facility:

“This new museum cost £21 million, and it is worth every penny even in these tough times.

“Not only will it quickly become one of the great tourist attractions in Scotland, but our ambition is that every school child in the country will have the opportunity to visit and be touched by Robert Burns.”

Robert Burns’ most famous work is arguably his poem entitled, “A Red Red Rose.”

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it ware ten thousand mile.

Burns’ work was lyrical and evocative, and is celebrated to this very day by poets, readers and writers alike. Scotland will certainly be a colourful and bustling place tonight as the Burns night celebrations will undoubtedly continue into the wee small hours and beyond.

Please share your thoughts on Robert Burns, Burns Night or Google’s choice of doodles by leaving a comment.

Other Google doodles include: Paul Cezanne, Christmas, New Year, John F. Kennedy, Jane Austen and Ina Garten.

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