Auld Lang Syne

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Description: A short rendition of Auld Lang Syne equivalent to the first verse and chorus. Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song, its traditional use being to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight. When Burns became a Freemason at the age of 23 he quickly absorbed the symbolism of the Craft and for him, Auld Lang Syne is a concrete expression of his love of mankind and his ideal of International Brotherhood. The dance routine is to form a circle in which everyone is equidistant from the center, demonstrating they are all equal. At the beginning of the song all stand with hands by their sides, symbolizing they are relative strangers. The early verses should be sung (or hummed) very softly as everyone reflects on both memories of earlier times and on those who have since passed to the Grand Lodge Above. When they come to the last verse, \"And there's a hand, my trusty frier (friend)...\", each then extends his right hand of fellowship to the person on his left, then the left hand to the person on his right. This symbolizes two things: firstly, that they are crossing their hearts; secondly, that they automatically form a smaller and more intimate circle of friendship. Now they have an unbroken chain of of close friends. The tempo should then rise and, to the tapping of feet, all enthusiastically sing the final chorus. As well as celebrating the New Year, Auld Lang Syne is very widely used to symbolize other 'endings/new beginnings' -- including farewells, funerals, graduations. In Scotland, it is often sung at the end of a céilidh or a dance and in many Burns Clubs, it is sung at the end of the Burns supper (on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, sometimes also known as Robert Burns Day or Burns Nicht).