Celebrating the new year, goes back as far as the Babylonians in 2000BC, though they celebrated for 11 days.
It was the Roman Senate who designated the day of January 1st as new year, as westerners know it, back in 153BC.
Best of luck with your resolutions if you made them. So far I have also 'resolved' to make an adamant effort to use fewer plastic bags and to carry my reusable shopping bag.
More resolutions are sure to follow, including giving up smoking, I have to work myself up to that one... AGAIN!