So here's some quickie facts about the song and my favorite rendition by Dan Fogelberg:
- Robert Burns didn't invent Auld Lang Syne - he was merely the first person to write down the old Scottish folk song in 1788.
- The tune was used by the Maldives and Korea for their national anthems, while Japanese department stores play it as a polite reminder for customers to leave at closing time.
- It's soundtracked in one of the most memorable movie scenes - the ending of When Harry Met Sally. Harry couldn't figure out what the song means - he's as perplexed as most everybody else.
And now for some weird traditions 😜
- In Spain, the New Year’s tradition for good luck revolves around grapes. If you can manage to stuff 12 grapes in your mouth at midnight you’ve achieved good luck for the next year.
- In some South American countries wearing colored underwear will determine your fate for the new year. Red underwear means you’ll find love. Gold means wealth, and white signifies peace.
- In Switzerland they celebrate the New Year by dropping ice cream on the floor.
- In Chile families spend the night in the company of their deceased loved ones by sleeping at the cemetery.
- In Scotland the first person to cross the threshold of a home in the new year should carry a gift for good luck.
- Just as you might expect, in Siberia they jump into frozen lakes carrying tree trunks.
I think after all is said and done, it's about remembering family & friends and the many blessings in our lives. It's a time of new beginnings and maybe a little craziness - we need to unwind sometimes.
I pray the new year will bring you much happiness, new friends, & great adventures. I'll be back to work as well so I'm relishing the time off. Thanks to everyone who follows or who lurks. I'm looking forward to the new year, come what may!