Dec 04, 2017

A New Year, A New You !

History

New Year’s resolutions go as far back as New Year’s celebrations. Indeed, Babylonians are believed to have started the tradition of making resolutions at the turn of the new year… as far back as 4,000 years ago! But today’s idea of a New Year’s resolution is quite different from that of the Babylonians.

To start off with, the Babylonians did not celebrate New Year’s in January. According to them, the new year began somewhere mid-March. Celebration of the festival, called Akitu, took place with great pomp and went on for twelve days. During the ceremonies, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalties to the old one and made promises to their pagan gods to pay their debts.

This slowly evolved into the Ancient Roman concept of Resolutions, which look a lot more like what we see today. The Romans under Julius Caesar started celebrating the start of the new year on January first.

The year was 46 BC and the God was Janus, the two-faced Roman God. The Romans held a special reverence for Janus, who, it was believed, could look back into the past year and simultaneously forward into the coming year. The Romans made sacrifices and promises to conduct themselves well in the upcoming new year, to gain favours with Janus.

In the modern era, the Covenant Renewal Service was created in 1740 by an English clergyman, John Wesley, who was also the founder of Methodism. The Service was most commonly held on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Although early Christians already took the turning of the new year as a time to reflect upon past mistakes and to resolve to do better in the coming year, this was the first time that the new year got a religious flavour. ‘Night watch services’ were held, spent singing hymns and reading from the scriptures. Although this is not a practice that envelops all Christians, they are still popular within certain denominations and congregations.

 

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Around the World

Although making resolutions for the coming New Year is a very Western concept, different versions and traditions of welcoming the new year by taking a positive step are prevalent across the globe.

 

Russia

In Russia, New Year’s resolutions more often than not revolve around education. Learning new things, adapting to a lifestyle, leading a simpler life… some common Russian resolutions. Russians believe that it is good luck to start off the new year with a clear and free conscience, therefore they try to pay off their debts before the turn of the new year. Typically, Russians spend the last twelve seconds of the year in complete silence, making secret wishes for the coming year.

 

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China

Chinese New Year falls between January 21st and February 20th. The first day of the New Year is welcomed with a fresh coating of red paint on the front doors of houses and buildings. Red, in Chinese culture, symbolizes happiness and good luck. As a part of New Year preparations, in the last twenty-four hours of the old year, knives are tucked away around the house to prevent accidents. Cutting of the flesh of a single person, be it accidental or intentional, is said to cut into the good luck of the whole family for the whole next year.

 

Korea

Korean New Year revolves around the renewal of family ties. On New Year’s Day, new clothes made with the colours red, white, yellow, blue and green, specifically, are made and worn to symbolise a fresh start, with the promise of everything positive.

 

New Year’s Resolutions today

 

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Be it Western culture or Eastern, New Year’s Resolutions everywhere symbolize a new start and a clean slate. It is a time to reflect on the past year and resolve to work on the things that made the past year a less pleasant experience, with a promise not to repeat them in the coming year.

The most commonly made resolutions often circle around:

  • Health

Some of the most common things resolutions are to improve one’s own health. New diet plans, exercise regimes, quitting smoking and drinking and adding food supplements are worked upon a lot more in January than any other month of the year.

  • Learning

A lot of the time, resolutions are made to fill a lack using learning. Learning to play a musical instrument, a new sport or to learn and work towards a new career are all part of the twenty-first century resolution making culture.

  • Planning

New Year’s Resolutions often involve planning to spend and invest wisely, be it money, emotions or time.

  • Charity

On the New Year, people often resolve to give to the needy. Satiating their conscience and earning good karma… the right spirit to begin the new year with!

  • Socialising

Many people, who have lost touch of their social side also make resolutions for the coming year to travel more, socialise, and make new friends. For some, this is also a step towards working for better mental health.

 

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Here, at Mozaic Club, we believe in celebrating and welcoming the New Year with all things positive! Towards this, we are pleased to invite you to our workshop, Relaunch for 2018: A New You in the New Year.

  • Conducted by Soma Vajpayee, a professional life coach and business facilitator
  • The workshop will bring you new ways of looking at your present, past and future and helps you choose the right resolutions for the year to come
  • Relaunch will be held at the Hive Central Terrace from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM on Wednesday 13th December 2017
  • Light refreshments and drinks will be served
  • Limited seats available, so register now!

 

For Member:  Join Now

 

For Non-member: Buy your tickets on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/relaunch-2018-a-new-you-in-the-new-year-tickets-39907697999

 

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