Scottish National Festival Marked in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–It is the fourth year that on January 26–the honorary day of memory for the Scottish bard Robert Burns–which is considered to be a national holiday in Scotland–was marked in Armenia.

Robert Burns was a participant in the liberation struggle–a poet popular both in Scotland and all over the world. Three years after his death–several of his friends decided to arrange a dinner in honor of the poet who was fond of feasts–and then the dinners turned into a tradition not only in the native place of birth of the poet–but all across Scotland. According to the tradition–on the table there is Scottish whisky–and the national dish of haggis.

In Armenia–the holiday is marked upon the initiative of the only Scotch living in Armenia – representative of the International Development Department Arthur Dunlop–with the assistance of the British Airways company. As Arthur Dunlop underlined–homage is paid to Robert Burns in all countries where there is at least one Scot: "This is a holiday that unites us wherever we are."

Director of the Armenian Office of British Airways Dougie Douglas said that by organizing this festival they are pursuing charitable goals. A charitable dinner is arranged within the framework of the holiday and the proceeds are granted to orphanages in Armenia.

This time–the money received from the dinner at the restaurant in Armenia Hotel will be granted to an orphanage in Gyumri.


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