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Ring out the Old, Ring in the New

New Year's Eve, Lithuania |

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

I’ve sung that song countless times, standing in a circle holding hands with my arms crossed, and never once thought about the lyrics. They’re in Scots English, so they’re not immediately understood. I treated them like most nursery rhymes I know – I just rattled off the words without any thought of their meaning.

I was never really a big fan of New Year’s Eve. I dislike large crowds and am not a big party girl. Most years I would just go to the local pub with my parents and hang out with friends and neighbours I’d known most of my life. I’ve done a few New Year’s Eves in Sydney, where my sister lives. We would camp out on the harbour shore all day long to ensure ourselves a bird’s-eye view of the fabulous fireworks at midnight. The atmosphere was always electric and, despite the crowds, quite congenial.

New Year's Eve, Lithuania |

But I think my favourite New Year’s Eves have been those spent in Lithuania. Typically there would be a gathering of friends and family at someone’s house or perhaps a restaurant. At midnight, regardless of snow coverage or freezing temperatures, everyone bundles up and heads outside where people set off fireworks, pop champagne, sing songs and generally be merry. Every house in the village has their own fireworks and when they all go off at midnight there is quite a display. If you’re lucky, there’ll be a small bonfire to keep you toasty warm while you sing in the New Year.

There’s no singing of Auld Lang Syne here, but to answer the question – no, old acquaintances, either living or departed, should not be forgotten, nor the good times shared with them. Bring on the new, but I hold very dearly to my memories of the old.

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New Year's Eve, Lithuania |

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  1. I do like the whole New Year celebration but low key with the kids and the neighbours. It’s a new start to contemplate what has gone and focus on what adventures and challenges are to come. There is the prospect of a new growing year in #Decsplot, personal and work goals………..
    ‘Go mbeirimíd Beo ar an am seo arís’

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    January 13, 2015
    • Cinnte, a Dheclán. Go dea-shláinte agus go leor glasraí i 2005!


      January 13, 2015
  2. Hubby and I are usually in bed by ten. We don’t like getting out with all the others. We like it quiet and peaceful. 🙂

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    January 13, 2015
    • Sounds nice, Cheryll. Hope you both had a lovely evening.


      January 13, 2015
  3. Beth #

    My preference is the smaller group too. I enjoy seeing the children set off fireworks or roast marshmallows over the bonfire. I enjoy the singing and visiting beforehand too.

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    January 12, 2015
    • Why did I never think of bringing some marshmallows for toasting? Will definitely do that next year!

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      January 12, 2015
  4. NYE in Sydney was one of the best I’ve ever had – amazing 🙂

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    January 12, 2015
    • Yeh, it is pretty amazing. I love how everyone is so into it. It’s not a question of “What are you doing for New Year’s?”, but “Where are you going to watch the fireworks?” Hope your first New Year’s in Berlin was a cracker!

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      January 12, 2015
      • It was fantastic! But then I am a bit of a party girl 🙂

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        January 12, 2015

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