Another year is almost over and as we sit on the precipice of the next many of you will be pondering the value of making of New Year’s Resolutions and some of you may have already made some. I was wondering about the origins of the New Year’s Resolution today and found that it is believed to have developed both in Christian and Jewish faiths as a time when one reflects on the passing year and what one was prepared to do in order to improve their devotion to God. I was in some ways surprised at this and in other ways not as this is indeed a very religious time of year with Christmas and Chanukah featuring in the calendar for a good many worldwide. In my search I also found that the 1st of January was not the start of the year for many of the different countries of the world with the majority adopting this between 1522 and 1752. It was until as late as 1752 many started the New Year around Easter or March 25th which seems such a foreign concept after all how can a New Year start in the middle of a month? I have also learnt that the 1st of January is for some also a Religious Holiday for it was the day the baby Jesus was christened and given his name.
How much thought do we give to the passing year as individuals? The media is always certain to give us the highs and lows of the year both in pictorials and headlines. I was reading a newspaper a few days ago and it showcased the notable deaths of 2011 and it is interesting to see what […]