Auld Lang Syne – What Does It Mean?

December 28, 2017

Auld Lang Syne – What Does It Mean?

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New Year’s is around the corner and soon you’ll be amongst a jolly and jovial crowd with champagne in your hand, waiting in breathless anticipation for the clock to strike 12. 2018 is officially here! Cue the band for that New Year’s Eve anthem; Auld Lang Syne.

While you sing along to lyrics that you’re not quite sure of, you might be wondering about a few things – What does it mean? What language is it? Why do we sing it?

Here are a few interesting facts that we’ve rounded up for you for your reading pleasure:


1. Is the song in English?

The song is actually a really ancient Scottish song, but a Scottish poet, Robert Burns, recorded it on paper in 1870s. It then made its way around the world to become what it is today.

2. What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

The phrase is Scottish, and means “for old times' sake”. The entire song is about maintaining relationships and looking back over the happenings of the past year.

3.  Who made it famous?

Canadian band leader Guy Lombardo, who used to play Auld Lang Syne to ring in the new year back in 1929 until 1976. Here's a clip of Guy Lombardo singing the most sung song in the world.

4. Why should old acquaintance be forgot?

This line is not actually telling you to forget old friends. It actually is a rhetorical question, reminding us to not forget old friends and those whom we love.

Now that you know the meaning to Auld Lang Syne and a few charming info about one of the world’s most popular song, you can sing it with gusto when the ball drops on midnight this 31 December.

Happy New Year’s, everyone! May 2018 bring us prosperity, peace, love and lots of laughter.