r holy month, or a Gaelic phrase meaning new morning. Traditionally canons fire and bells sound to mark the New Year and then people venture out of their houses for the tradition of First Footing. It has often been believed in the past that whatever happens in the first hours of a New Year will affect the households luck for the next twelve months. According to the ritual of First Footing, good luck will come if the first person to cross the threshold after the sounding of the New Year is a tall dark man carrying gifts of whisky, coal and food. The significance of the gifts is fairly self-explanatory, meaning that you will have them in abundance over the following year. The importance of someone tall and dark is more difficult to explain, although it has been suggested that this dates from the days of Viking invasions, when the presence of a blond man on your doorstep was hardly a sign of luck.The other great tradition of New Years Eve is also Scottish in origin. Auld Lang Syne meaning old long ago was written, at least in part, by Robert Burns, and was published after his death in 1796. Now sung around the world, the song has two verses, and the words are as below:Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never called to mind.Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of Auld Lang Syne.For auld lang syne, my dear. For auld lang syne.Well take a cup of kindness yet for the days of auld lang syne.Should old acquaintance be forgot and never called to mind.Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne.And heres a hand, my trusty friend. And gies a hand o thine.Well take a cup of kindness yet for the days of auld lang syne.
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