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Where did the concept of New Year’s resolutions come from?
In researching this question, we ran across several possible answers. Our favorite was the Babylonian New Year’s festival held in the spring. The king was stripped of his clothes and sent away for a few days. During this time, everyone could do whatever they wanted in the kingdom. When the king returned in a grand celebration, the people resumed their proper behavior and got back to work. In this way, they made a new start in their lives.

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