New Year Resolutions
New Year Resolutions we all must make this year! People usually make resolutions promising improvements in their lives every new year. People will promise to give up alcohol, embrace a healthier lifestyle, and even decide to start a new hobby. But have you ever wondered what is the history and significance of New Year’s resolutions?
The tradition of New Year’s resolutions actually is older than Christmas. The ancient Babylonians were the first civilization to leave behind records of New Year’s festivities. A 12-day festival to celebrate the renewal of life called Akitu marked the commencement of the agrarian year, celebrated four centuries ago.
Similarly, ancient Egyptians would sacrifice animals to Hapi, the god of the Nile, at the beginning of their year (sometime in July).
Chinese New Year
Just like Egypt and Babylon, the Chinese New Year traces back to more than 3,000 years ago. The Chinese New Year celebrations began during the Shang Dynasty as a way to celebrate the spring season. During the reign of Julius Caesar, the familiar 365-day calendar was born. In the year 46 BC, Caesar extended the year to 455 days and declared 1 January as New Year’s Day.
The Julian calendar stopped being favored in the Medieval Period. So Pope Gregory XIII introduced Gregorian Calendar in 1582, re-establishing 1 January as the first day of the New Year.
New Year Resolutions 2021
According to Merriam Webster, the term “New Year’s Resolution” was first used in a Boston newspaper in 1813.
Despite having traditional roots, New year resolutions are now secular in nature, focusing on self-improvement and a positive outlook for the New year. New Year resolutions are now open to every ethnicities and religion.
When setting resolutions people often attach them to meaningful goals and values that can provide motivation. However, people give up their resolution because of their obstacles. It is important to be flexible and also overcome obstacles.
Being able to adapt while meeting one’s goals not only improves general well-being but also helps one pursue their New Year’s resolutions. New Year resolutions are can often be personal in nature to put behind the past year and look forward to the future.