New Years is around the corner and it’s also the time to set new resolutions. But wait. Do you know who actually started this tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions? Anthropologists credit the Babylonians and agriculture for the first New Year’s resolutions.
Anthropologists said the Babylonians and agriculture have given us the first New Year’s Resolutions. The Babylonians are the ones who gave us hanging gardens, Hammurabi’s law and the confusion of people speaking in variety of languages, which later led to the creation of the US tax code, Farm Bill, telemarketing and phone bills.
Experts said that in 2000 BC, the Babylonians celebrate their New Year for almost 12 days. Such a long duration of celebration was enough time to start and stop many resolutions, which involved excessive drinking.
The Babylonians, during their New Year, made a promise to their gods that they would return borrowed objects, like the neighbor’s 16-row corn planters and slurry wagons, and pay their debts.
They made the promise in a hope that god would give them a year of blessings and a plentiful harvest. History showed that the gods were often occupied with the pleasures of spring break on the beaches and did not have their out-of-office response engaged. This led to the demise of the Babylonian culture.
The practice of New Year Resolutions was also adopted by Romans. It was shifted with the Julian calendar to January, which was named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, doorways and arches.