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New Year's resolutions刊登日期: 2021.01.08
作者: Grace Tse
Happy New Year! What is your New Year's resolution? Do more physical exercise, start a new hobby, or do more housework?
The custom of starting the New Year with a resolution can be traced back to about 4,000 years ago in Babylon (known as Iraq nowadays).
The Babylonians celebrated the coming of a new year in March, not in January. The celebration included promises to the gods to repay their debts and return borrowed objects. The Babylonians believed that if they kept to their word, their gods would give them rich harvests and good fortune in the year ahead. Scholars consider these promises the earliest New Year's resolutions in human history.
The first mention of the English word " resolutions " during the New Year was made by Scottish writer Anne Halkett in 1671.
On 2nd January, she entitled her diary page " Resolutions " and wrote several pledges taken from the Bible, such as " I will not offend any more " .
It is better late than never. If you have not made your New Year's resolution yet, try to set one now.