What Scottish song is traditionally sung to ring in the New Year?
Auld Lang Syne
Answer: “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. The song has long been associated with New Year’s celebrations and is one of the most recognizable songs around the world.
Guy Lombardo, sang the hymn at midnight Jan. 1, 1929 in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, and is credited spawning a global tradition. “Auld Lang Syne” roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake’, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.
“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other occasions.