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New Year's Eve


New Year's Eve is celebrated on December 31st by those who use the Gregorian calendar. Celebrations begin on the 31st and can last until midnight 1st of January.

Celebrations includes prayer and parties, food, fun, a count down, loud noise and kissing. During celebrations, at the stroke of midnight, the new year is brought in by participants, often adorned in festive dress. Ten seconds before midnight, there is a ten second count-down, so stay alert.

At the stroke of midnight willing participants hug and kiss one another, make loud noise, bang pots and pans, set off firecrackers and other safe noises to hlep express excitement and hope in the new year.

Auld Lang Syne is the most popular new year's song and people gather in a circle and hold hands while singing.

What does this song mean? In the Scottish language, "auld lang syne" means "old long since", or as we would say - "the good old days". The song starts with the words "Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind..." The entire song's message merely means to forget about the past and to look ahead to the new year with hope.

Large celebrations are held in many areas including the following:

New York City's Times Square to watch the ball drop.

Atlanta, Georgia, to watch the Peach drop.

London, England, Trafalgar Square to count down the closing of the old year and welcome in the new.

However you bring in the new year, here's wishing you Peace and Prosperity. Be safe, and have fun!


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New Years Myths and Traditions

Auld Lang Syne

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 o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup,
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!


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