New Year's Day

 

The world celebrates the first day fo the Year on 1st January when people sing the song Auld Lang Syne and say "Good bye" to another symbolic old year which had come to pass and to welcome the future.

 

January

 

The first month of the Gregorian and Julian calendars, and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year's Day. January is named after Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) - January is the door to the year.

 

Auld Lang Syne

This is a song that is often sung on New Year's Eve at midnight. It is almost the national anthem of New Year songs. This song is said to have been at least partially written by Robert Burns (b. Jan 25, 1759 - d. July 21, 1796) in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. It is believed that the early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns (picture above) to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means 'old long ago', or 'time remembered with fondness' or simply, 'the good old days.'

 

Auld Lang Syne Lyrics

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne.

 

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.