How Did New Year’s Resolutions Originate and Where Did the Tradition Come From?

In medieval times, during the last feast of the Christmas week, knights of the realm were required to place their hands on a peacock and vow to continue living up to their pledge of chivalry.

This was known as the knight’s “peacock vow.”

The New Year’s custom of resolving to live a better life originated with the Babylonians, who promised the gods that they would return all borrowed farm and cooking tools and pay off personal debts.

And that was the beginning of New Year’s resolutions.

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