For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
What better way to bring in the new year than gathered with friends and sharing a communal cup of kindness of good whisky? So it was that I said hello to 2012. Edale is a small and very sociable village and about 150 folk or half the population of the village partied in the village hall. As is traditional at the stroke of mifdnight we all sang Auld lang syne and my quaich did the rounds.
This sort of ceremonial use of drinking vessels has been lost to much of our culture which I feel is a shame, whether weddings, parties, new year or just a gathering of friends, sharing a cup of kindness is somehow a very special and enjoyable thing to do. From the Vikings through medieval period right up Robert Burns and Thomas Hardy folk would share a communal drink and it was only Victorian prudishness that brought individual vessels. I highly recommend giving it a try.