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Burns suppers are held on or near the anniversary of his death on January 25, 1796. The first one was held in Alloway, Scotland just five years after his death.

A supper (not a dinner) includes bagpipes, haggis and soup, several toasts with Scotch whisky, and the reading/reciting of numerous Burns poems.

If you own a kilt, this is the time to get it out of the closet. Otherwise, tartan plaids and tam o’shanters are acceptable attire.

There are two nearby opportunities to attend a Burns supper this January 25:

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The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis and the St. Andrew Society of Central Illinois.

And for all things Scottish in Southern Illinois, listen to Celtic Connections Saturday nights at 7 on WSIU Radio.

Editor's Note: Bryan Kelso Crow, the host of Celtic Connections, passed away this fall. Before his passing, Crow handpicked a series of reruns, which WSIU will air at the show’s regular time through the end of the year. His final air date, Dec. 26, will be an encore of a show first broadcast last year.

— DIANA LAMBDIN MEYER

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DIANA LAMBDIN MEYER is a native of Wolf Lake, Illinois who first visited Europe with her Shawnee High School teacher Marielis McCormick more than 40 years ago. Follow Diana’s journeys at www.mojotraveler.com.

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