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11 Things You Need To Know About Auld Lang Syne

Because you get it wrong every year.

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1. You've heard this song loads

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It even turns up at the end of movies.

2. But it's sung most often when the bells strike midnight on New Year's Eve

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Or Hogmanay, as Scottish people who are actually professionals at this stuff, call it.

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6. Everyone knows you are supposed to join hands. But unfortunately, you all do it at the wrong time.

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You start off holding hands with the person next to you, and only cross hands in the last verse when the lyrics say: "And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere / And gie's a hand o’ thine!"

7. These people are all doing it wrong

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Wrong.

8. So when this happened on Millennium Eve, The Queen was right and EVERYBODY ELSE WAS WRONG

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I bet Tony Blair doesn't even know there are five verses, tsk.

9. Even worse than the hands thing: some people sing "And days of Auld Lang Syne"

But this is basically saying "And days of days long gone" so is clearly total nonsense. It's enough to make Burns turn in his grave (which this is).

10. Don't worry, here's some Scottish people getting it all right

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See how easy they make it look!

11. Now that we've got that sorted, it's time to wish you all a Happy New Year!

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Just remember the bit with the hands.

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