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New Year`s Eve

The Scottish call New Year`s Eve, Hogmanay. On this day they wait for the New Year, singing, dancing and drinking. There is an old tradition called "first footing": people visited their friends at or just after midnight taking, as a present, a piece of coal and a bottle of whiskey. The whiskey rapresented good health and prosperity. The coal was the symbol of warmth and hospitality. Nowadays a bottle of whiskey is sufficient. On New Year`s Eve at midnight, in Scotland, as everywhere in Britain, people usually sing an old Scottish song: "Auld Lang Syne", written by the Scottish national poet, Robert Burns."Auld Lang Syne", means "a long time ago". This traditional song of friendship says "we must never forget old friends".

Song

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?
Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pou'd the gowans fine.
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae sported i' the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

And ther's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll tak' a right good willie-waught,,
For auld lang syne.

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