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The words Auld Lang Syne literally translates from old Scottish dialect meaning old long-ago or old long-since. The context of the song is about love and friendship in past times.

It is common practice that everyone joins hands with the person next to them to form a great circle around the dance floor. In countries other than Scotland the hands are often crossed from the beginning of the song at variance with Scottish custom.

It is also a well known song in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world.

Its traditional use being to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other occasions.

Some countries that sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight on New Year’s day include the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Pakistan.

In Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece, Poland, and Germany, this song is used to mark a farewell.

The melody alone is being used in different contexts all over the world. In the US, it is used as a song of remembrance during 9-11 memorials and other memorial events.

A pub variation of the song is a very popular one too, and is sung in pubs across Scotland, England, and the US.

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