Where Do New Year’s Resolutions Come From?

Emyli Thompson, Reporter

Now that it’s the New Year, I guess you could say that I have 20/20 vision. January is a great time to make plans and say you’re going to do better than last year, but do you really want to make the same broken promises as your ex? I’m sure we have all had at least one resolution that we promised we would do, but never end up happening. Personally, I thought that this was just a popular trend, however, there is some history behind making a new year’s resolution.

 

People have been celebrating the new year and a new beginning for about 4,000 years, from the Egyptians annual flood to the Babylonians 11-day festival, however, the new year was being celebrated in the middle of our Gregorian calendar that we use today, around the springtime. Julius Caesar moved the first day of the year to the first of January in honor of the god of beginnings, Janus. Around 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adopted the Julian calendar and changed it because Julian Caesar’s version was off in time by 11 minutes. This is known as the Gregorian calendar and brought the idea of the New Year’s starting on the first back in fashion.

 

Now let’s get back on track to where resolutions started. Babylonians started this trend by making promises to the gods, hoping to receive a favor in return. The difference between us and the Babylonians is that they would be productive and driven to get out of debt when now everyone wants Kylie Jenner’s lips. Even though this is a tradition, why declare it? Well, the best way to stick to a goal is by telling others so that you are held accountable and stay on task.

 

So because of the Babylonians, we now have the desire to better ourselves, through health, finance and other aspects of our lives. Maybe this will give us more willpower to actually do the things we want to do, like going to the gym instead of eating a tub of ice cream every time you’re stressed out. Hold yourself accountable and don’t fall back.