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December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015

Auld Lang Syne

At midnight tonight, after shouting ‘Happy New Year,’ many will recite the well-known poem by Scottish poet Robbie Burns, Auld Lang Syne, written in 1788.  The tune to which it is traditionally sung is an old Scottish folk tune.

From us at the Oshawa Community Museum, have a wonderful New Years.

From the Oshawa Community Archives Collection

From the Oshawa Community Archives Collection


 

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

CHORUS:
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-stoup!
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 pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in 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-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

January 1, 2015

January 1, 2015

It’s New Year’s Day! Did you know that in the Victorian Era, Fathers wold invite wealthy single men into their houses to meet their daughters in hopes of marrying them off? The men would try different foods of all kinds at the house and stay for a small party before leaving.

Happy New Year from the Oshawa Community Museum!  Thank you for visiting the 2014 Victorian Advent Blog, and we hope you’ll visit again in 2015!

December 31, 2014

December 31, 2014

It’s December 31, the last day of the year, also known as Levee here in Canada! It’s a social gathering held by the Governor General, Lieutenant General and the military in Canada. Levee had been celebrated for years, but it was first tied to New Year’s Eve, in Canada, in 1646. The Governor of New France held the levee in the Chateau St. Louis, and during the levee he informed the guests of what to look forward to in the new year and that they were expected to renew their allegiance to the Crown. The tradition of the levee continued after the Governor Charles Huault de Montmagny was no longer in charge.

Happy New Years Eve Everybody!

December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014

Start writing your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015, because 2014 is nearly over! What would you like to do this year? Eat healthier, be more involved, learn to karate chop or maybe even come to the Oshawa Community Museum more often? Well whatever it is be sure to make 2015 the best year yet.

On this day in history:

1066 – Granada Massacre where a mob killed a large Jewish population of the city

1813 – British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812

1896 – Canadian hockey player Ernie McLea scored the first “Hat-trick” in the Stanley Cup

1919 – Lincoln’s Inn in London, England, UK admits its first female bar student

2011 – Owing to a change of time zone the day is skipped in Samoa and Tokelau.