Auld Lang Syne Tartan

Summary of Auld Lang Syne Tartan
  • Tartan Sample
  • History of the Song
  • Lyrics
  • Dance Directions
  • Worldwide Use of Auld Lang Syne


This Scottish tartan is a nice mix of purple, blue, green, black, and white.


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A wedding theme could be built around this tartan which features the colors seen in Scotland.

Robert Burns wrote the lyrics as a poem. Meaning long ago, days gone by, once upon a time…Auld Lang Syne tartan is aptly named.

The music was originally a sprightly dance played at a much quicker tempo. It was possibly a strathspey called The Miller's Wedding or The Miller's Daughter.

A traditional dance is commonly joined in while singing Auld Lang Syne. As the song begins everyone forms a circle, holding hands, singing the first verse.



Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

Chorus ~
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

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

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine (dinner time);
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

Lyrics by Robert Burns



During verse 2, everyone crosses their arms across their chest, again linking hands with their neighbors.

For verse 3, everyone gently sways from right to left.

Thus far, I’ve not found instructions for verse 4. If nothing else, I suspect you continue swaying.

Verse 5 and the last chorus get a little more complicated. Everyone walks into the center of the circle, then backs out again. Sometimes they jump up and down while singing the last chorus. As the song ends, everyone turns under their arms, with hands still joined, to end up facing outwards with the hands still joined.

Somewhere in here, a cup o’ kindness is to be drunk, preferably wearing the Auld Lang Syne tartan [my opinion] ~ really another reason for one last glass of usquebagh, considered the water of life, better known as Scotch whiskey.

With the dance ending with everyone facing outwards, it signifies the closing of an event, the end of the reception, and the beginning of a married life for the couple. At this point as the couple leaves, they would be showered with rice, confetti, rose petals, bird seed, or herb seeds, whichever the bride has provided

Auld Lang Syne is sung each year at midnight (called Hogmanay in Scotland) in the Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the Anglo areas of India, Ireland, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, U.K., and the U.S.A. It is sung to close Robert Burns Dinner celebrations. Ceilidh dances often end with Auld Lang Syne.

In Taiwan and Hong Kong, the song is played at graduations and funerals, symbolically saying good-bye. In Japan and Hungary, it’s played at graduations and in restaurants to usher customers out at closing. The Korean National Anthem is sung to the same tune. The India and Pakistani military play the tune during the passing out parade of recruits. In the Philippines it is played at graduations. In Thailand it is played after sporting events. As a mark of farewell, it is played in Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece, Poland, and Germany.

During Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s funeral procession from Parliament Hill in Ottawa to the state funeral in Montreal, Auld Lang Syne was played.

A popular tune for movies, it was in Waterloo Bridge, 1940, under the name The Farewell Waltz. It has been played in many Frank Capra productions ~ It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

But here’s two performances that are surprising ~ Sofie Fatale’s cell phone ringtone in Kill Bill Volume 1. And the people of New York City singing Auld Land Syne near the end of Ghostbusters II to weaken the evil Viggo the Carpathian’s power so he can be defeated.

Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians popularized the tune for New Year’s celebration in North America. Can you imagine Guy Lombardo in the Auld Lang Syne tartan? An earlier newspapers from 1896 reports the tune being sung in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Quoting The Washington Post for January 2, 1910 ~

NEW YEAR'S EVE IN LONDON
Usual Customs Observed by People of All Classes…The passing of the old year was celebrated in London much as usual. The Scotch residents gathered outside of St. Paul's Church and sang “Auld Lang Syne” as the last stroke of 12 sounded from the great bell.

The Auld Lang Syne tartan would look great in many wedding dress styles. But an historical gown from the era of Robert Burns would add an extra touch of Scottish-ness.

With such renown and history, Auld Lang Syne tartan would work quite well for a Scottish theme wedding.

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