Happy New Year!

An age old tradition upon the stroke of midnight every New Years Eve, besides giving your loved one a big ol’ sloppy one, is to sing the song Auld Lang Syne. Fun fact: Did you know that Auld Lang Syne means “times gone by”? So, to follow tradition, here is the original Scot’s verse of Auld Lang Syne, followed by the English version. So, enjoy and here’s to a wonderful and prosperous year to you and yours!

BURNS’ ORIGINAL SCOTS VERSEnew-years-eve-1664737_960_720

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll talk’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

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We twa hae run about the braes,

And pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d money a weary fit,
Sin’ auld lang syne.

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We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

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And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And old lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld land syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
And surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

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We two have run about the slopes,
And picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
Since auld lang syne.

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We two have paddles in the stream,
From morning till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
For auld land syne.

CHORUS

New Year’s Eve Fun Facts

  • The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years! Julius Caesar was the first to declare January 1st a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman God of doors and gates. Janus had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Caesar felt that a month named after Janus would be fitting.
  • 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are to lose weight, get organized, to spend less and save more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of Americans make resolutions, 25% of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January!
  • Many people bring in the New Year by popping open a bottle of champagne. Americans drinking close to 360 million glasses of sparkling wine during this time. The drink dates back to the 17th century, when the cork was invented.
  • At the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, 10,000 participants step through City┬áCenter and perform in unique costumes. The parade dates back to mid-17th-century, incorporating elements from Irish, German, English, Swedish, and other European heritages. The parade is divided into five divisions – comic, wench brigades, fancy, string bands, and fancy bridges.
  • The top three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World, and New York City. Internationally, one of the biggest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. A 700-pound ball embellished with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood was dropped. Now-a-days, it weihts 11,875 pounds! Is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with 2,668 Waterford crystals.

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