Canada’s New Year’s Eve Anthem: Auld Lang Syne

The Canadian New Year’s Eve Anthem:  Auld Lang Syne As the final ten seconds of 2013 are counted down by revelers across the country (in each of Canada’s 6 time zones), we celebrate being with friends and family, we remember the year’s achievements and lessons, and we think of those who cannot be with us. As the clock strikes midnight, it is tradition to kiss the ones you love, make the loudest racket possible and toast the New Year with champagne, hopeful of the prosperity that it will bring.

For me, 2013 has been a very unpredictable year. I am most grateful for the support and response that I have received from friends and family in starting my own business.

Leaving full-time employment to begin a new endeavour is very exciting, but also intimidating. However, as is often the case, I learn from newcomers to Canada that taking a leap of faith, a risk, a new adventure can be even more fulfilling. For that reason, I am especially grateful this year to all of the new clients that I have met and served in their pre-arrival phase to Canada. When the clock strikes midnight I will be thinking of everyone who is en route to Canada in the coming year. January 1st, 2014 will symbolize the opportunity for a fresh beginning for many Canadians, and this couldn’t be more true for our country’s newest members.

As 2013 comes to a close I wanted to share with you a traditional New Year’s folk song that is often sung in the first moments after midnight. It can be considered Canada’s New Year’s Eve anthem. The lyrics are from an old Scottish poem by Robert Burns, but the song is popular across most English-speaking countries. I find that it perfectly summarizes the way that we reflect on each year of our lives, and more importantly, the major events and people who impact us.

The title “Auld Lang Syne” can be translated from Scottish to mean ‘long long ago’ or ‘days gone by’. Here are the English lyrics to the first verse and chorus that you will people sing at midnight:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Here is Auld Lang Syne as it is performed by the Canadian group Barenaked Ladies (yes, their band name is a joke!!)

Wishing you and your loved ones a most prosperous and healthy New Year!


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