Should Auld Acquaintnace Be Forgot

While I was looking up the reason that eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight was customary in Panama, I found a couple of interesting sites that provide some insight into many New Year’s Customs.

This first site provides a chronology of events leading to the first of the year celebrations, which I had not considered having started on something other than January 1. There are several interesting things I think you may learn from this site. At least there were several things I didn’t know. While you read this site you will be able to listen to Auld Lang Syne.

The second site told me that AULD LANG SYNE was adapted from a traditional Scottish song written by Rabbie Burns. His lyrics follow as well as the meaning of several of the words from his song.:

Words adapated from a traditional song
by Rabbie Burns (1759-96)
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I’ll be mine,
And we’ll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl’d in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
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

auld lang syne – times gone by
be – pay for
braes – hills
braid – broad
burn – stream
dine – dinner time
fiere – friend
fit – foot
gowans – daisies
guid-willie waught – goodwill drink
monie – many
morning sun – noon
paidl’t – paddled
pint-stowp – pint tankard
pou’d – pulled
twa – two

Oh, I forgot. Panama has the custom of consuming 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight as a part of its Spanish heritage. Hmmmm. Now I wonder why eating black-eyed peas on New Years Day in the southern states of the US is considered good luck.

2 thoughts on “Should Auld Acquaintnace Be Forgot

  1. Hello Don:

    I saw the link to your blog and decided to drop by. I can see that you also have an attraction to words. Reading your post, I can see you have done quite a good research work on Panama.

    During 2006, I plan to include more news about Panama that the world should know more about. BTW, I was born in La Concepción a few miles fron David in the Provice of Chiriqui. I assume you live in David; PriceSmart is pretty good there, they tell me.

    My wife just came with a few pounds of grapes for tonight. It is a very Panamanian tradition for New Years.

    Happy New Year!


  2. Thanks for stopping in Omar. Yes, PriceSmart is one of my favorite places. I also enjoy driving up to La Concepción every now and then. I usually stop at the town square and have a snack from one of the street venders. It is a nice laid back little town.

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