What does 'Auld Lang Syne' mean and where did it begin?

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Tonight friends and family will gather and toast the New Year with their drink of choice. When the clock strikes midnight, many will hug and kiss and sing “Auld Lang Syne,” so what does it all mean?

According to ABC News, the Scottish song pays tribute to “times gone by” and is reportedly a song which looks back at the memories created throughout the year and the promise to not let them go.

Additionally, the song, written in the 1700’s by Robert Burns, was never intended to be a holiday song. Guy Lombardo reportedly made the song popular when his band played it between two songs as a sort of “segue” during a performance at Roosevelt Hotel in 1929. Ironically enough, they played it at midnight and thus a tradition was born.

The New Year can be celebrated out at a public place or in at home in front of the TV as Carson Daly will be covering the New Year for NBC and Ryan Seacrest will appear on ABC for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest without legendary television icon, Dick Clark for the first time.

How will you be ringing in the New Year?



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