Scottish Canadians embrace Robert Burns as a poet and mark his birthday with Festivities. Today, a bagpiper was even present at Sunshine Village, playing in tribute to the Scottish poet!
To celebrate Robbie's legacy, we've uncovered 10 facts you didn't know about Robbie Burns:
1. He was the first person to appear on a Coca Cola bottle
In 2009, Burns was printed on one million commemorative bottles of Coca Cola! His appearance was the first face that had ever been printed on a Coca Cola bottle!
2. He has quite a few nicknames
Robbie Burns has also been called "Rabbie" Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet, among others.
3. His works have inspired multiple movements
The work of Robert Burns has regarded him as the pioneer of the Romantic movement, and has been said to be a great source of inspiration to founders of liberalism and socialism.
4. He's been recognized as "The Greatest Scot"
In 2009, the Scottish public voted Burns as the Greatest Scot to have lived!
5. He formed the Tarbolton Bachelors' Club with his brother
The young men formed a small social club November 11th, 1780. It is now a museum where people can visit to this day.
6. Burns early works made him an "overnight success"
In 1786 the poems of Robert Burns were first published in the Kilmarnock volume, which contained much of his best writing. It was an immediate success that had him known across the country.
7. Robert Burns has more than 50 statues and memorials around the world
Burns is even the most statued non-religious figure after Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus!