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December 31, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 31 December

On the 31st of December –

New Year’s Eve is celebrated;

On New Year’s Eve every country has its own traditions. In Holland there is a long-standing tradition of ‘cabaretiers’ (stand-up comedians) to do a ‘oudejaarsconference‘, a feature length show looking back on the past year and commenting on the Zeitgeist. Wim Kan started the tradition on radio in the 1950’s and was moved to television in the 1960’s.

In England people have a fondness for ‘Auld Lang Syne’, a Scottish ditty about the value of friendship and stuff. Who knew the Scots were such sissies? To add a little gravitas to the occasion, here is a organ rendition of the song:
Scotland - Auld Lang Syne
An English translation for Robert Burn’s original Scots poem:
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?
CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
CHORUS
And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS

For those that just want some quality time not interupted by rowdy festivities and fireworks – you have my sympathy. And Pierre Tchernia‘s:
Pierre Tchernia et le sketch de fin d'année..

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