It is a staple in the Scots diet as much as black pudding in a fry up and a summer that lasts no more than 24 hours.

But as we gear up for the 219th annual Burns Night, how much do we actually know about the age-old tradition of food, drink and verse?

Who is Robert Burns?

Perhaps a simple question to some, but Robert Burns was widely referred to as the national poet of Scotland, famed for his songs and lyrics written in both Scots and in English.

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His most famous works include Scots Wha Hae, A Red, Red Rose, Auld Lang Syne and Tam O'Shanter.

When is Burns Night?

Burns Night is celebrated every year to mark the birthday of Robert Burns on January 25.

But while we now celebrate the lad's name day, the first official Burns Night was held back in 1801 on the fifth anniversary of his death by a group of friends who gathered in his memory at Burns cottage.

How is it celebrated?

Burns Night is, of course, kept until later on in the day. Festivities do not usually begin until late afternoon, but when they do, they go all out.

A typical celebration would see friends and family gather for an evening meal, usually comprising of the most famous Scottish meal - haggis, neeps and tatties.

It is accompanied with some of the Bard's poetry, with one of the most common being his Selkirk Grace, usually said when guests are seated: “Some hae meat an canna eat, And some wad eat that want it; But we hae meat, and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit”.

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For drink? It can be a toss-up, for some. Many opt for a dram of their favourite whisky, while others go for the safer choice of a cool Irn Bru.

How can I celebrate this year?

You're in luck - we've pulled together a few things for you to get up to this celebratory season.

There is a poetry and stargazing event in the Abriachan Forest, and a haunted dining experience in Edinburgh to look forward to. 

Check out more on our top list HERE.