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New Year Resolutions

What are your New Year resolutions?

How did this tradition start? Why do we make (and break) these grand promises to ourselves?

The tradition has been around for thousands of years, beginning it is believed with the ancient Babylonians around 4,000 years ago. Of course back then the New Year wasn’t celebrated on the first of January but rather in mid-March when the year’s first crops were planted. They didn’t call their New Year celebrations “New Years” either but rather during a 12-day religious festival known as Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed which could very well be the forerunner of our modern resolutions.

Rome’s first Emperor Julius Caesar also gave a nod to the New Year by tinkering with the calendar and establishing January 1st as the start of the new year in 46 BCE. Named for Janus, the two-faced god whose spirit inhabited doorways and arches, January had special significance for the Romans. Believing that Janus symbolically looked backwards into the previous year and ahead into the future, the Romans offered sacrifices to the deity and made promises of good conduct for the coming year. Again, promises that could be the roots of our own resolutions. In fact, early Christians saw the January 1st as a time to look back on the previous year’s mistakes and resolve to do better in the coming year.

As you make your New Year’s resolutions for 2020 why not include resolving to indulge in a Discovery Visit to Hilton Head Lakes? Discover why living the good life at Hilton Head Lakes is a delightful resolution you will enjoy keeping.

Hilton Head Lakes is a debt free community in South Carolina, and one of the best places to retire. It’s the perfect balance between gated community and world-class resort. Schedule a Discovery Visit today and experience Hilton Head Lakes for yourself.  

 

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