New Year, New Me

The origin of the New Year was unexpected.


Writing New Year Resolutions allows you to keep track and organize your goals. (Photo Courtesy of 123RF)

Adalie Landa, Staff Writer

The New Year inspires people to change something about them for the good. But how did the New Year’s day originate? Well, to begin with, the New Year was originally celebrated by Babylonians 4,000 years ago in an “11-day festival in March,” says Laurie L. Dove, because of the harvest that came in every year. Centuries later, the Roman emperor Julius Caesar moved the New Year to January 1st in “honor of the Roman god of beginnings, Janus” says Dove. Stephanie Pappas and Laura Geggel from Live Science say that the switch was made to ensure a new year before spring where battles would take place. March was the month “associated with Mars, the god of war to one (January), associated with Janus, a god of home and hearth, seemed appropriate”.
New Year resolutions are ways to self improve for the upcoming year. New Year resolutions are about reflecting on the year passing and making an improvement to make your lifestyle more convenient and easier. Popular resolutions like drinking more water or eating healthier are paths to take if you can not decide your resolutions. For younger children, the more common resolutions are to be more kind and doing homework. Discovering ways to organize your resolutions so that you follow through with them is a suggested route when taking on the task of New Year resolutions.