Sunday, December 30th

New Year’s Resolutions

Around the world and throughout history, many civilizations have observed celebrations for the New Year. The oldest recorded festivities were held in Babylon 4,000 years ago. Today, countries around the globe mark the end of the old year and the beginning of the new on December 31, New Year’s Eve.

In America, it’s customary to watch fireworks, attend parties, count down the minutes to the New Year with friends and family, watch the ball drop in Times Square, sing “Auld Lang Syne,” and make resolutions, of course. The  most popular resolutions have to do with self improvement like losing weight or quitting smoking.

When did this particular custom begin? Once again, it’s the ancient Babylonians we can thank for this annual tradition. To start the new year right, they made promises to the gods to do things like return borrowed tools and pay their debts. Sound familiar?  Romans continued the idea, and the tradition has remained part of New Year celebrations down to the 21st century.

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