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Scotland Celebrates Burns' Night
on 25 January.
Join in the Worldwide Ceilidh.

EDINBURGH, 19 January /PRNewswire/ — Scotland is inviting people across the world to don their kilts and enjoy a Highland fling with friends at the world's first online 'Worldwide Ceilidh'.

The Worldwide Ceilidh http://www.scotland.org/ceilidh/ coincides with Burns' Supper celebrations as they take place across the globe. The life and work of Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns, is traditionally celebrated each year on the 25 January and involves coming together to eat haggis, drink whisky, recite his work and don tartan for a ceilidh.

People all over the world can join the Worldwide Ceilidh at http://www.scotland.org/ceilidh/. Here they will have a virtual Scottish makeover by kitting themselves out in a kilt and sporran and dancing a Scottish ceilidh reel with their partner. Everyone taking part can invite their friends and family to join in wherever they may be in the world.

The official gateway site to Scotland, http://www.scotland.org, includes a wealth of information to help people worldwide celebrate all things Scottish and, as we head towards 25 January, to celebrate Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns. http://www.scotland.org/burns-night/ provides lots more information on Burns, including tips on how to host your own Burns' Supper and a fantastic Scots language quiz. At http://www.scotland.org/burns-night/, acclaimed Scottish actor Andrew James Weir brings Burns to life by reciting some of Burns' most famous poems including "Address to a Haggis".

For fans of Robert Burns and Scotland, 2010 is a great time to visit with the opening of the National Trust for Scotland's new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire in Autumn 2010. The new museum will contain hundreds of Burns' artefacts, many never seen in public before. The museum is part of the Burns' National Heritage Park, which includes the cottage where Burns was born, Tam O'Shanter's haunted 'Auld Kirk' and Brig O'Doon bridge. For planning a trip to Scotland, visit http://www.cometoscotland.com, the official tourism site of the Scottish Tourist Board.

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