Celebrating the start of a New Year began some 4,000 years ago with the Babylonians who rang in their new year with a festival in March that spanned 11-days. Ancient Egyptians celebrated their New Year during the annual rise of the Nile River. By 46 B.C., Roman emperor Julius Caesar, in honor of the Roman god of beginnings – Janus – moved the start of the New Year to January 1st.
The Babylonians are credited with creating the practice of making New Year’s resolutions. Babylonians reportedly made promises to the gods hoping this would bring them good favor in the year to come.
As Roman history unfolded, the switch from celebrating the New Year during March – which is associated with Mars, the god of war, to celebrating in January – which is associated with Janus, a god of home and hearth, seems to follow the Roman society’s progression as they gradually shifted away from a more warlike society. In Rome, the first half of New Year’s Day would have been filled with public ceremonies, oath-taking by government officials and temple sacrifices while the second half of the day was filled with social activities. Romans would bring each other gifts for a “sweet new year” like honey, pears or other sweets.
Today, one in three people will make a New Year’s resolution. Below is a list of the top 10 resolutions made for 2015.
Top 10 New Years Resolutions in 2015
1- Lose Weight
2- Get Organized
3- Spend Less & Save More
4- Enjoy Life To The Fullest
5- Stay Fit & Healthy
6- Learn Something New
7- Quit Smoking
8- Help Others
9- Fall In Love
10-Spend More Time With Family
Are you among those looking to press a reset button in one of the above areas? If so, we toast to your success & would like to edit the above list in a light-hearted way to the following:
Top 10 New Years Resolutions Poolside
1- Lose Weight – swimming can burn 600 calories an hour!
2- Get Organized – everything in its place inside & outside the house.
3- Spend Less & Save More – pool owners can make upgrades with new technology that offers big savings.
4- Enjoy Life To The Fullest – life by the pool – enough said!
5- Stay Fit & Healthy – an active lifestyle in & around the pool.
6- Learn Something New – build an outdoor kitchen & master those new cooking skills!
7- Quit Smoking – do it!
8- Help Others – teach a child to swim or donate to an organization that does.
9- Fall In Love – romantic dinners poolside (use those new skills from #6).
10-Spend More Time With Family – again, life by the pool with the ones you love!
So here’s to all of us who are making New Year’s resolutions this year and our sincere best wishes to all for a happy & healthy New Year from your friends at the Master Pools Guild.