Happy New Year! Thanks for reading our first post of 2020! How exciting it is to start the new year off with 902 subscribers. Our goal was 1,000 subscribers; however, we are very thankful to only have been 88 away from our goal.
I am not interested in setting nor making any type of New Year’s resolutions for 2020. What I am interested in are goals. Yes, goals. I am very goal-oriented. I am not going to announce our goals because some are very private, and I do not want to jinx us.
I would like to discuss the factual basis of the “New Year’s Resolution”. How much do you know about its history?
One of my Twitter friends wrote about the same subject matter over a week ago. I do not want this post to sound the exact same nor plagiarized. I am using my own research for this article. Let us carry on with this interesting history.
Babylonians, the first to hold a New Year’s celebration. Guess what? The celebration began in January and ended in the middle of March over 4,000 years ago. It was known as Akitu, a religious celebration. During this celebration, the Babylonians either celebrated their king or crowned a new one. Did you also know that the Babylonians were pagan (fun fact)? I didn’t until I began researching the New Year’s celebration history. They believed by celebrating the New Year, would make the pagan god’s happy and they would receive a better coming year. Now some of the research also contradicts the celebration timeline and states that the celebration was held only for eleven days in March.
The ancient Egyptians celebrations used an advent calendar (a calendar used to prepare for the date of Jesus coming into the world, preparation for Christmas).
Pope Gregory XIII, in 1582, used the Gregorian calendar (a calendar that reduces the days by – 0.0075. This calendar also introduced Leap Year.
In Rome, Julius Caesar changed the New Year’s celebration to January 1st, beginning 46 B.C., January was chosen based on the god Janus. Janus was a two-faced god, the god’s spirit inhabited arches and doorways. The Romans believed that Janus symbolized looking back into the previous year and ahead to the future. Romans offered the deity sacrifices while making promises of good behavior for the upcoming coming year
John Wesley, an Englishman, in 1740, was the founder of the Covenant Renewal Service and the founder of Methodism. The Covenant Renewal Service was held on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. During this time, hymns were sung, and prayers prayed. It was a “spiritual experience”. Very different from the origination of the pagan New Year’s and Roman’s celebrations.
Evangelists, mainly Protestants, held vigils, this was “watch night”.
Now here we are in 2020 and we have a completely different celebration for New Year’s Eve. Most businesses close early, parties and celebrations are planned, tons of alcohol are involved, and most places are closed New Year’s Day. People make resolutions or promises to themselves. Promises of changes for the new year’s, promises to lose weight, make more money, change jobs, find love, simply change their lives. Most resolutions are broken by the end of January.
It’s very fascinating to learn about the history of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day along with the different calendars and changes to the calendars.
However, you decide to celebrate the New Year and make your resolutions, we hope that the new year brings you much success, happiness, and love!