Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

January 22, 2014

The History Of New Years Resolutions

Filed under: Frank Remarks — Frank Fiore @ 12:32 PM

I’m a history nut as readers of my novels know. There’s always an historical element in my stories. So here’ something out of our history.

Ever wonder where the idea of the New Years Resolution came from? Think it’s a secular tradition and the idea is fairly new?

Nope.

The idea really has religious origins.

  • Ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year.
  • The Romans began each year making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.
  • In the Medieval Era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.
  • At “watchnight services”, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making resolutions.

So, the concept of the ‘resolution’ or to reflect upon self-improvement annually, has a long religious tradition.

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