Tahlequah Daily Press


January 3, 2006

Rules are made to be broken


The Romans celebrated the coming of the new year on Jan. 1 by exchanging gifts, and had their own version of the tradition of resolution-making begun by the Babylonians. A common resolution in ancient Rome was to seek forgiveness from enemies of previous years.

Among the many customs associated with the Chinese New Year, celebrated at the time of the first full moon after the sun enters Aquarius (late January to mid-February), is housecleaning, frequently found today on lists of the most common New Year’s resolutions worldwide.

Source: Kansas City Public Library History Guide.

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