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Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day (January 17)

Check out the weird holiday Ditch New Year’s Resolutions on January. Learn the history of the day, as well as get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on January 17 is Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day. Check out the other weird January holidays!

History of Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

New Year’s Day has come and gone. Many of us made resolutions (a high percentage of them being about health – dieting and exercise), and we have been doing okay.

But did you know that 1 in three people fail their New Year’s resolutions in the first month? And only 10-20% of people are successful at keeping their resolutions the entire year?

While it’s good to set goals and work on improving ourselves, doing so because of an arbitrary change in the calendar isn’t always the best or most motivational reason to do it.

So today is the day for you to decide if those resolutions are really worth the effort or not. And if they’re not? Then ditch them!

The idea of setting goals and making resolutions at the new year actually goes thousands of years to about 2000 BC with Akitu, the Babylonian festival. Akitu was a spring celebration held in the first day of Nisan in ancient Mesopotamia, to celebrate the sowing of barley.

Nowadays we use the calendar to help us decide the new year, and for those in the United States, that occurs on January 1 – just over 2 weeks ago.

So, whether you choose to abandon your New Year’s resolutions or decide they’re worth keeping, just make sure that you’re doing it for YOU and not some arbitrary change on the calendar.

Ideas for Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

Here are some posts about abandoning New Year’s resolutions (or not even setting them at all, or just throwing out your goals).

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