Originally written in 1778 by Scottish poet Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne has long been the ubiquitous New Year’s ballad in English-speaking countries around the world. It is traditionally sung by all present at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. The lyrics to Auld Lang Syne, which loosely translates to “long, long ago,” or “for old time’s sake,” are generally interpreted as a tribute to friendships that have endured.
Auld Lang Syne Lyrics
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?
For auld lang 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.
We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine; But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give us a hand o’ thine! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.
New Year’s Eve Dishes
Despite variations in the way that different cultures celebrate, one belief that is pervasive across cultures is that a good beginning to the New Year will help ensure success for the whole year. To bring good luck, pork and ham are often served because they are traditionally viewed as symbols of prosperity. Cabbage, black-eyed peas and other legumes are also believed to bring good fortune in the New Year.
New Year’s Toasts
Raise a glass to the New Year with one of these classic toasts:
In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want. - Traditional Irish toast
Here’s a toast to the future, a toast to the past, and a toast to our friends, far and near. May the future be pleasant; the past a bright dream; may our friends remain faithful and dear. - Anonymous
May we live to learn well, and learn to live well. May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live. - Anonymous
Love to one, friendship to many, and good will to all. - Anonymous
May the friends of our youth be the companions of our old age. - Anonymous
Cheers to you, cheers to me, have a Happy New Year’s Eve! - Anonymous