Posts Tagged 'celebration'

Happy new year!

I was at a nice Hogmanay celebration with friends yesterday. At midnight, we poured onto the street to see the fireworks and yell happy new year to the other people milling around or leaning out of windows. It was slightly shocking that amongst our predominantly scottish group, it was those of us from England and Wales who were remotely close to knowing even the first verse of Auld Lang Syne. I’m posting the first verse and the chorus below and the entire lyrics can be found here.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o’ auld lang syne

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

It’s also nice to note that New Year’s is a great example of a national secular celebration enjoyed by all.

Have a great 2008!

Happy Solstice!

Today is the shortest day of the year in the UK and so we shall be celebrating the Winter Solstice. It gets pretty dark in Scotland so it’s a great relief to everyone when the daylight hours start getting longer and we can feel the sun once more. This solstice can also be considered the Southern Solstice as the sun is directly over the Southern Hemisphere and elsewhere people are celebrating their longest day. For those of us in the north, it’s a good excuse to make some warming or spicy foods and look forward to the longer days to come.


Human Rights Day!

Happy Human Rights Day everyone!

On 10th December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950 the General Assembly invited all states and interested organisations to celebrate this day, and the International Humanist and Ethical Union endorses it as an official day of Humanist celebration. It’s probably a bit late to start organising if you don’t have something planned already, but if you can, maybe treat yourself and a friend, colleague or family member to some cake or something in honour of both the rights and the way that people can work together to create something good and meaningful for all of us. There’s also a poster of the Human Rights Declaration available from the Amnesty International UK shop which is really attractive and stylish.

Best wishes to everyone!