In Western countries (or New Zealand at least), auld lang syne is a very common song over the the New Year holiday. Is there an equivalent song in Chinese that everyone instantly associates with Chinese new year? Or are there a range of popular new year songs?

  • What does "auld lang syne" mean?
    – Alenanno
    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:23
  • It comes from Scottish originally - just a common song for singing around the new years holiday. I suggest you check out the Wikipedia page to give you some more information about it.
    – Ciaocibai
    Jan 16, 2012 at 11:13

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In fact, this famous song has a Chinese version called 《友谊地久天长》(the friendship will last forever), however, we traditionally don't sing songs to celebrate over festivals, so this song is not popular in this peroid of time.

I can't think of such a popular song as "auld lang syne" in the west. Over this period, you wll find a lot of songs(different melodies, different lyrics, different singers) with the same theme "happy new year" on the street or in the markets(to convey the happiness or to attract more customers). I would like to recommend Timi Zhuo(卓依婷), a female singer famous for her "new year" type songs.

  • Thanks very much - I will check out the music you suggested. Cheers!
    – Ciaocibai
    Jan 16, 2012 at 19:52

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