The song we associate with the New Year’s, “Auld Lang Syne”, is a poem written by Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, set to the tune of a traditional folk song. Literally translated, it means “Old Long Since”, or, in other words, “long long ago”, in reference to the good old days of the past. In Scotland, New Year’s is commonly celebrated as “Hogmanay”, with the manner in which it is celebrated varying from region to region. As one of my Glaswegian friends described it, “Hogmanay is a wee bit like a really big New Year’s party that everyone in Scotland’s invited to.”
Happy New Year’s, everyone! Wishing everyone an awesome 2012!