January 25, 2014, is Robbie Burns Day, the 255th birthday of Robert Burns, the man known in Scotland as The Bard.
Robbie Burns Day is celebrated in Canada from coast to coast.
The Selkirk Grace (below, at left) will be said across the country this weekend at the opening of countless Burns Suppers:
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae let the Lord be thankit.
While Burns‘ works were written about Scots, his lasting and worldwide appeal are a result of his work’s humanitarianism and relevance to a wide variety of issues pertaining to the universal human condition.