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What are your New Year’s Resolutions? A History Lesson From Delphi Academy of Boston


As the new year arrives, millions of people choose a New Year’s Resolution to inspire a healthy change in their life. Where did this tradition come from? And why do we continue to have New Years resolutions even though most of us give up on them by the end of January? While resolutions are most common in the west, they are celebrated throughout the whole world

Around 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians were recorded as the first people to celebrate the arrival of the New Year along with the beginning of New Year’s Resolutions. A similar practice occured in ancient Rome as well. The year 46 b.c. is when Julius Caesar decided to make January 1st the beginning of the new year, before that the Babylonians celebrated the new year in the middle of March when they planted new crops. Both of these celebrations were about making promises to their Gods and offering sacrifices.

For early Christians the first day of the New Year was a time to reflect on the mistakes that occured in the last year. Resolutions were meant to prevent oneself from making the same mistakes. There was a service that was held New Years day that included reading from scriptures and hymn singing.

The night going into the new year calls for huge celebrations with family and friends. Resolutions today make promises to yourself, not to the Gods, and is more of a secular practice. Resolutions tend to focus on positive life changes – whether it is working out more regularly or simply practicing being more patient. Nearly half of the American population makes a new resolution each year and only 8% of these people are successful in achieving their goals.


What is your New Year’s Resolution?

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