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Auld Lang Syne

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Auld Lang Syne is a song traditionally associated with New Year’s celebrations though many may not realize it originated as a poem. Composed by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788, the words “Auld Lang Syne” translate in old Scottish dialect to “Old Long Ago” ~ a reference to days gone by. The poem/song discusses how men and women come together to toast and celebrate friendships and loved ones, which is the main reason it is used during New Year’s celebrations. At the stroke of midnight, people customarily come together to sing this song as we usher in a new year to remember and honor those in our past, as well as celebrate those still with us. In Scotland, however, it is also sung on January 25th for Burns Night in honor of its famous author.

For a comparative look at the original Scottish version and its modern English meaning see this Auld Lang Syne lyrics pdf.

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This entry was posted on December 26, 2012 by in History, Holidays, Language, Music & Rhymes, Social Studies and tagged , , .
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