Auld Lang Syne

The Scottish tradition of standing in a circle, crossing your arms, holding each other’s hands and singing Auld Lang Syne, just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, is now popular all over the world.


This nostalgic song is attributed to Scottish poet Robert Burns, who sent it to the Scots Musical Museum in 1788. However, Burns acknowledged at the time, that it was really an ancient song he had heard and was the first to write down.


In English, Auld Lang Syne more or less translates as for old times’ sake (“por los buenos tiempos”) and is about friendship and looking back over the years.