Social Club: New Year’s resolutions

January 16th, 2019.

Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is name. In the medieval era, the knights took the «peacock vow» at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.

This tradition has many other religious parallels. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People can act similarly during the Christian liturgical season of Lent, although the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. In fact, the Methodist practice of New Year’s resolutions came, in part, from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

One is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness.

We understand how important your goals are to you, as well as to achieve them. Therefore, we decided to accompany you this time, this new year, and change the dynamic a little bit by doing it in English. So that you don’t miss the opportunity to learn some vocabulary and practice some grammatical structures.

We are more than glad to help you in this wonderful learning experience. Thank you all for being part of New Deal!.

We hope to see you in our next Social Club.

Regards,

Gabriela Hurtado

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