Happy New Year!
New Year celebrations are not new. The concept actually dates back to 2000 BC. The Mesopotamians used to celebrate New Year as far back as 2000 BC—but not on January 1st. The Romans celebrated on March 1st with other cultures selecting the winter solstice or summer equinox. In 46 BC Julius Caesar accepted January 1st on the Georgian Calendar as New Year per the Georgian Calendar, and this was adopted by England and American colonies in 1752. In the United States the Rose Bowl tradition started in 1890 with the Rose Parade in California’s Pasadena—with floats covered with eighteen million flowers or more. The most popular tradition involves dropping of the New Year Ball exactly at 11:59 PM in Times Square began in 1907. The ball, originally made of iron and wood has been replaced with a Waterford Crystal ball that takes exactly one minute to “fall” to the ground at the stroke of midnight. However you celebrated, may 2019 be your best year ever. . . as you take very good care of your brain and body!