The Tradition of New Year Resolutions
by Weam Namou
Ancient Babylonians started the tradition of making New Year Resolutions some 4,000 years ago. They made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year. They marked the occasion with a massive religious festival called Akitu (derived from the Sumerian word for barley, which was cut in the spring) that involved a different ritual on each of its 11 days.
According to www.adoptionworld.com, late March is actually a logical choice for the beginning of a new year. It is the time of year that spring begins and new crops are planted. January 1st, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary. The Romans continued to observe the new year on March 25, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun.
The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. If there’s one thing to learn from it is that we should stop tampering with nature and ancient wisdom. Perhaps then more people than the current 8 percent will achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.
That is an awesome lesson, Weam. Short, sweet, and ringing with truth 🙂
Assyrians (babylonians were also assyrians but got the name babylon from the city were they were from: babel, babylon, as assyrians (ashuri) got their name from the city Assur/ashur and also our ancient god ashur) til today celebrate akitu! We celebrate is every 1 april and it is also called khab d’ Nisan. Here is a video of assyrians in folklore outfits in syria celebrating our assyrian new year akitu:). http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H4rRGT3L0es
Here is more info about todays assyrians (the christians today in middle east, adopted christianity 2000yrs ago):
Assyrian history: scientific study by Simo Parpola, professor from finland, assyriologist:
Click to access Parpola-identity_Article%20-Final.pdf
The Assyrians – A people without rights:
Click to access IAIGO-2014–The-Assyrians-A-People-Without-Rights–English.pdf
Thanks for this rich information.