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Singing the song around midnight has become a popular tradition in Scotland and an important part of the Hogmanay celebrations – but who wrote it?

Images of people with arms crossed holding hands while singing the words before midnight has become a stereotypical image of the ringing bell in the New Year

Auld Lang Syne means “long ago” – which basically means “a long time ago” or “days gone by”

This is why it is sung on New Years Eve as it encourages people to remember those who mean most to them and not to forget their past friends as they approach the New Year

Burns sent the poem to the Scots Musical Museum in 1788 – but told them that he didn’t compose it himself

He said it was an ancient song that had never been written down and only passed on orally

He is said to have recorded it for the first time on paper after an old man dictated the words to him

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Auld Lang Syne

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