Resolution: the firm resolve to do or not to do something
Do you make New Year's resolutions?
I was determined to make resolutions for the year tonight but got involved instead in finding out the origins of New Year celebrations.
The Babylonians were the creators of New Year's celebrations but for them, the New Year began in March during the planting of Spring crops. It was a 12 day celebration, and was the time when new kings were crowned, or ruling kings were acknowledged. As well, they made offerings to their various gods. They made promises to friends and neighbors that they would repay debts or return borrowed objects. These good deeds would earn them favor in the eyes of their gods. The favor of the gods was sought in order to have a prosperous and blessed year at a time of year when all life was seen as beginning anew.