On New Year’s Eve, have you ever wondered why people would sing the song, “Auld Lang Syne,” and more importantly, what it actually meant? We’ve all likely seen it sung in movies, at graduations and during New Year’s Eve celebrations. But when you ask others what it’s all was about, or where it came from, almost everyone gives the same response: “I’m not really sure.”
So, since we are about to end yet another year, I thought it would be fitting to pass on a little history of this widely recited, yet little understood, tradition.
As it turns out, Auld Lang Syne was a poem written in 1788 by Robert Burns, set to the tune of a traditional Scottish folk song. Traditionally, its use was to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight. The lyrics essentially call for the preservation of our oldest, dearest friendships; as we become reflective on New Year’s Eve, a time when people come together to recall past joys and sorrows, specifically those spent in each other’s company.
We have uncovered an article that describes a little more about the song, its original lyrics, and the modern-day English translation. If you’d like to learn more (or at least know all the words you are singing on New Year’s Eve), click here.
From all of us at SRQ Wealth, we wish you, your family and friends a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year!