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A New Year is upon us…

When looking up NEW I found quite a few synonyms.

advanced, au courant, brand-new, contemporary, current, cutting-edge, dewy, different, dissimilar, distinct, fashionable, inexperienced, just out, late, latest, modern, modernistic, modish, neoteric, newfangled, novel, now, original, recent, spick-and-span, state-of-the-art, strange, topical, ultramodern, unaccustomed, uncontaminated, unfamiliar, unique, unknown, unlike, unseasoned, unskilled, unspoiled, untouched, untrained, untried, untrodden, unused, unusual, up-to-date, virgin, youthful

And there are some interesting facts on New Year as well…did you know that…

  • The Romans dedicated New Year’s Day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings
  • In England, the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, was the first day of the new year until the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1752
  • January 1 was the Feast of the Circumcision, considered to be the eighth day of Christ’s life, counting from December 25 when his birth is celebrated. [this is supposedly when they chopped off his bits]
  • January 1 was designated as the beginning of the New Year by Pope Gregory when he designed the Liturgical Calendar.
  • The first time the new year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C. January did not even exist until around 700 B.C., when Rome’s second king added the months of January and February.
  • Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions.
  • “Auld Lang Syne” is an old Scottish song that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in the 1796 edition of the book, Scots Musical Museum. He heard it being sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, where Burns was from.The ballad “Old Long Syne” printed in 1711 by James Watson is strikingly similar.

Auld Long Syne


Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
on Old long syne.
On Old long syne my Jo,
in Old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
in Old long syne.

My Heart is ravisht with delight,
when thee I think upon;
All Grief and Sorrow takes the flight,
and speedily is gone;
The bright resemblance of thy Face,
so fills this, Heart of mine;
That Force nor Fate can me displease,
for Old long syne
For Old long syne my Jo,
for Old long syne
That thou canst never once reflect,
On Old long syne.

Since thoughts of thee doth banish grief,
when from thee I am gone;
will not thy presence yeild relief,
to this sad Heart of mine:
Why doth thy presence me defeat,
with excellence divine?
Especially When I reflect
on old long syne
On old long syne my Jo,
on Old long syne:
That thou canst never once reflect,
on Old long syne.

Oh then Clorinda pray prove more kind,
be not ungratefull still:
Since that my Heart ye have so ty’d,
why shoud ye then it kill:
Sure Faith and Hope depends on thee,
kill me not with disdain:
Or else I swear I`le still reflect,
on Old long syne.
On Old long syne my Jo,
on Old long syne;
I pray you do but once reflect,
on Old long syne.

Since you have rob’d me of my Heart;
It`s reason I have yours;
Which Madam Nature doth impart,
to your black Eyes and Browes:
With honour it doth not consist,
to hold thy Slave in pain:
Pray let thy rigour then resist,
for Old long syne.
For Old long syne my Jo,
for Old long syne;
That then canst never once reflect,
on Old long syne.
It is my freedom I do crave,
by depracating pain;
Since libertie ye will not give,
who glories in his Chain:
But yet I wish the gods to move
that noble Heart of thine;
To pitty since ye cannot love,
for Old long syne.
For Old long syne my Jo,
for Old long syne;
That thou may ever once reflect,
on Old long syne.

Dear will ye give it back my Heart,
since I cannot have thine;
For since with yours ye will not part,
no reason you have mine;
But yet I think I’le let it ly,
within that breast of thine,
Who hath a Thief in every Eye,
to Make me live in pain.
For Old long syne my Jo,
for Old long syne;
Wilt thou not ever once reflect,
On Old long syne.


Where are thy Protestations,
thy Vows and Oaths my Dear;
Thou made to me and to thee,
in Register yet clear.
Is Faith and Truth so violat,
to immortal Gods divine,
As never once for to reflect
on Old long syne;
On Old long syne my Jo,
on Old long syne;
That thou canst never once reflect.
on Old long syne.

It’s Cupid’s Fears or Frostie Cares
that makes thy Sprits decay:
Or it’s an Object of more worth
hath stoln my Heart away?
Or some desert makes thee neglect
her, so much once was thine.
That thou canst never once reflect
on Old long syne
on Old long syne my Jo,
on Old long syne;
That thou canst never once reflect
Old long syne.

Is Worldly cares so desperat,
that makes thee to despair?
It’s that, thee exasperats
and makes thee to forbear?
If thou of Ty, were free as I,
Thou surely should be mine,
If this ware true we should renew
kind Old long syne.
For Old long syne my Jo,
for Old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
on Old long syne.

But since that nothing can prevail
and all hopes are in vain;
From these rejected Eyes of mine,
still showers of Tears Shall rain:
Although thou has me now forgot,
yet I’le continue thine;
And ne’r neglect for to reflect,
on Old long syne
On Old long syne my Jo,
on Old long syne;
That thou canst never once reflect
on Old long syne.

If ever I have a house my Dear,
that’s truely called mine;
That can afford best Countrey chear,
or ought that’s good therein:
Though thou wast Rebell to the King
and beat with Wind and Rain,
Assure thy self of welcome Love,
for Old long syne.
For Old long syne my Jo,
for Old long syne,
Assure thy self of welcome Love,
for Old long syne.

Robert Burns’  version..

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

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
and surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie’s a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.

So in honour of both Burns and Scotland…this version almost always brings tears to my eyes. I kind of like Watson’s version…the fact that the name JO appears quite a lot of course has nothing to do with it.
  • The earliest recording of a new year celebration is said to have been in Mesopotamia, around 2000 B.C. and it was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March.

Want to know how to wish someone ‘Happy New Year’ in another language…

Language Happy New Year!
Afrikaans Voorspoedige nuwe jaar
Arabic Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair
Basque Urte Berri on
Bengali Shuvo noboborsho
Chinese (Cantonese) Sun nien fai lok
Chinese (Mandarin) Xin nian yu kuai
Czech Stastny Novy Rok
Danish Godt NytÅr
Dutch Gelukkig nieuwjaar
Esperanto Bonan Novjaron
Finnish Onnellista uutta vuotta
French Bonne année
German Ein glückliches neues Jahr
Greek Eutychismenos o kainourgios chronos
Hawaiian Hauoli Makahiki hou
Hebrew Shana Tova
Hungarian Boldog uj evet
Indonesian (Bahasa) Selamat Tahun Baru
Italian Felice Anno Nuovo or Buon anno
Japanese Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu
Korean Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo
Laotian (Hmong) Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab
Latin Felix sit annus novus
Hausa (Nigerian) Barka da sabuwar shekara
Norwegian Godt Nytt År
Philippines (Tagalog) Manigong Bagong Taon
Polish Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Romanian La Multi Ani si Un An Nou Fericit
Samoan Ia manuia le Tausaga Fou
Spanish Feliz año nuevo
Swahili Heri za Mwaka Mpya
Swedish Gott Nytt År
Thai Sawatdee Pi Mai
Vietnamese Chuc mung nam moi
Welsh Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

So…from me and the fur babies…

Charlie with his yukky [but improving] eye…

And ABBA of course…

Being the pirate that I am – I am cheating and combining two challenges – Ailsa’s Travel Theme: New and Jakes’s Sunday Post: New Year 2013

Now you knew I couldn’t finish off 2012 without THE BOYS…so…what they say goes for me !!!! Just roll forward a year or two !


96 thoughts on “A New Year is upon us…”

  1. Now that is a ‘Proper’ pre New Years post.

    You must have inadvertently forgotten Canada….Eh! Happy New Years Hosehead! D’r ya go Eh.


  2. Fabulous! I loved this post, most intriguing! Ooo I must say I rather enjoyed those pipes. Fantastic. P.S. I had to attempt to say all of the “new year”s in various languages at the end. Wonderfully done, indeed! Wishing you a very ebullient nascent into the coming year. Cheers,

    Autumn Jade


      1. Me too! I just adored it, very fond of bagpipes indeed. Haha, aye, there was some difficulty. Sir, me dad, shuffled out of another room and inquired as to what on planet Earth was I doing blaring bagpipes and bugling what seemed to him, nonsense, which with my terrible pronounciation, it probably was. Wonderful post again, many jubilant cheers to you,

        Autumn Jade


  3. I have the same bird, 2 of them, Bianca is white as snow with red eyes, albino, and Jimmy, grey, all kind of grey… G’day… In French “Grande Perruche Callopsitte”… In Swedish “Nymfparakit”…


        1. Never apologise on here…I make so many mistakes it isn’t funny. And I love it when someone helps by telling me if I get something albino cockatiel…wow !!! That is cute.


  4. That is one fantastically well researched post, such a lot of really interesting facts. I hope all your wishes and hopes for 2013 happen. I’m looking forward to an exciting blogging year


          1. I try very hard not to but I have had my moments…I am trying to follow the ‘The Noble Eightfold Path’ of Buddhism these days and travel a kinder path.
            As Eliz would say: ‘Oy vey’ !
            It’s harder than it looks at times.


          2. It’s a fine line…trying to be stronger for yourself without hurting others. But the ‘NEP’ is really helping me. I had someone who was awful to me in the past and recently I found out she is in trouble…I thought I would be all ‘yippee’ [karma is a bitch], but all I felt was sorrow for her.


          3. I am reading The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhism. It looks big – at first – but it is really simply explained. Easy to follow and what I love is that you can see at once what you want to read and what you don’t. Got some great photos [500+] too. It talks about Buddha/history/philosophy/practises…so you can just pick out what you want. I mainly read the philosophy and the practises to achieve the right state of mind…but I will read more of the history one day.


          4. Looked at that one but just ordered Buddhism Plain and Simple instead, I’m more likely to read a small book that I can carry around with me, cheers my dear 🙂 (you can delete all this from your comments!)


          5. I was like that too…but I really like the Kindle that you can take outside and read. All those books are now so handy no matter where you are. I like this one because the screen looks like pages in a book.


          6. I am a member of a couple of sites that have books for review. You can read about them and put your hand up if you like the sound of it. Then they send you a copy. Amazon has a lot of free reads as well. You just have to pick and choose. There is a facebook page that sends out notices when books become available.


  5. Wow, that was a long read! Your cats look happy and healthy, despite Charlie’s sore eye, and of course the joyous dog.
    I love the bit about the Babylonians being the first to make New Year’s Resolutions. Do you know what they were? “This year we will rout the Assyrians!”?
    But if I never have to listen to a rendition of Auld Lang Syne again I shall not mind one jot!


  6. Holy guacamole, girl! You covered it all!!!
    love, Love, LOVE the bagpipes. My husband and step-son are GIANT fans of their native bagpipes. Great post, Jo. It’s almost like Watson dedicated that baby to you 😆
    P.S. thanks to you and LG for the book recommendations. 🙂


  7. Oh, you crazy passionate researcher you. 🙂 I love when you dig into things and share them with us. Of course, you can share your pet family anytime, they are always admired. Happy New Year my fellow Pirate.


    1. I do like the digging around and the uncovering….always happy to share the fur babies. How are Lyra and Bastian these days ? Time for an update in photos I think. Hope your New Year is happy and full of joy.


      1. Thank you my sweet friend
        and I like your new profile photo 🙂
        Have a really nice New Year
        and I will definitely call in more
        too 🙂 Be well Jo and be good too 😉

        Andro xxx


  8. Thanks for promoting “our” song, Jo! I always liked it. Didn’t get to sing it this year, or the Polish equivalent “Sto Lat” (100 years). It gets sung at weddings and any kind of family gathering too.
    You sure worked hard on this post, hon.


    1. I got a bit carried away. Just listened to “Sto Lat”.

      Very nice. I have a really good Polish friend I will find a way to send it to her this year for her birthday…thanks Jo for pointing me to it.


  9. Great Post & Happy New Year Jo! May it be everything you want – and that will mean good things for other people and animals for starters knowing you just a teeny bit 😉
    Amazed @ your ability to juggle so much stuff … You have a rare variety of what I would call *Mighty Jo Genes* 😉

    ps Charlie looks a picture ! Glad his eye is improving day by day.


    1. He is a picture is my man of the house. But he has had it up to his limit I think with the ointment treatment. But it improves daily…just not dramatically. Thanks Poppy for your lovely words. They mean a lot to me.
      “Mighty Jo genes” huh ??? I like that – a lot.


  10. Lovely end to the year. See you in 2013! Minor suggestion: Nigerian is not a language so put Hausa first and then Nigerian in parenthesis… We speak several languages in Nigeria and English is the common language. 🙂
    Thank you! 🙂


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