25/01/2013 05:08 GMT | Updated 25/01/2013 11:39 GMT

Robert Burns Night: Celebrate The Birthday Of Scotland's National Poet With Whisky, Dancing & Haggis

Happy Birthday Robert Burns!

Yes it’s that time of year where we toast Scotland’s national poet with whisky, dancing and er, haggis.

Traditional Burns Suppers typically entail poetry recitals and performances for the occasion that is still going strong more than 250 years since its namesake’s birth.

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Robert Burns is responsible for such ditties as Auld Lang Syne and To A Mouse

The tradition began in 1801, five years after the Scottish bard’s death when a group of his close friends decided to commemorate his memory by hosting a dinner.

On Friday the Big Burns Supper will return to Dumfries - where Burns lived and died - for a second year. The three-day festival will see performances from Deacon Blue, Eddi Reader and Dougie Maclean.

SEE ALSO: 15 Reasons Why Robert Burns Is The Coolest Poet Of All Time

Click here for the Evening Standard's list of locations where you can celebrate in London.

And if you're staying in for a quiet toast to the man who famously declared: "O thou, my muse! Guid auld scotch drink", check out these five whiskies suggested by The Scotsman.

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Some people like to celebrate Burns Night by drinking heavily and eating a dish composed of a sheep stomach stuffed with offal and spices. Mmmm.