ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Along with welcoming the New Year 2018, people across the globe including Pakistan are ready to make different resolutions to keep the score of good deeds in the upcoming year and abstain from bad habits by analyzing their last year journey, behaviours with family, friends and outsiders, their contributions towards humanity and religion.
A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment that an individual makes, a habit, or often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.
New Year Resolutions being a famous tradition of early Babylonians provide an opportunity of improvement through analysing the past mistakes. The popular modern resolutions include the promise to work hard, quit smoking, lose weight and obey religious principles properly.
Most of the psychologists suggest planning the resolution in advance, instead of waiting until New Year’s Eve as extra time would allow one to reflect on what he really want to achieve.
Usually on the last day of the year, youngsters share the happiness of New Year with each other through exchanging sms and cards carrying good wishes and sweets and gifts. But apart from celebrations, adopting some resolution for the upcoming year could improve their life style.
“After analyzing my past year mistakes, I have made a resolution for the new year that I would work hard to prove myself best in my studies”, Amir, a young student said while talking to APP.
The month of December through festivals of Christmas, Quaid’s birthday and upcoming New Year celebrations brought the moments of joy and happiness to us, he said.
“This month has proved to me as the happiest month of the year as I enjoyed all the festivities of this month as well as consecutive Winter holidays after a long study routine”, Hina Mir, a student remarked.
The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It is asserted that the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions dates back to the Babylonians. Babylonians, from historical records, are the first one to fest New Year and also are known to have set New Year resolutions. The most common of their resolutions was said to be “to return the borrowed farm equipment”.
In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible crescent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).