What Started New Year's Resolutions?
Have you ever wondered how New Year’s Resolutions came about and why do we make them? Back when the Babylonians celebrated new year, it was a way of showing gratitude and starting off on the right foot with their gods. While during the Roman empire, when Julius Caesar instituted January 1st as the first day of the year, it was also to honour the name of the month; ‘Janus’, who is also the Roman god of beginnings. Because Janus had two faces – one facing backward and one facing forward, the Romans believed that he was looking backwards into the past to forgive them for their wrongdoings in the previous year and looking forward to bless them into the coming new year. It then became a symbolic moment and a tradition for the Romans to give gifts and make promises as well as resolutions for the new year besides forgiving past enemies for a better year ahead. To this date, the tradition continues without the gift-giving part but more on making promises to ourselves to be a better person in the new year. So, share with us, what are your New Year’s resolutions this year?