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'Never on Sunday' for Rose Parade

How come the Rose Parade was held on Jan. 2? Isn't it supposed to be a New Year's Day tradition? I even got up early on Sunday to watch it. I was sorely disappointed when all I saw was "Meet the Press" and "This Week with Christiane Amanpour" on TV. Bor-ing!

— Victoria B., Talent

What, you don't like watching politicians try to evade bothersome questions from journalists, Victoria? (Truth be told, we don't either.)

The 123rd Tournament of Roses was pushed to Monday because of a 119-year-old tradition known as "Never on Sunday." Like many traditions, it lives on, even though it no longer makes a lick of sense.

In 1893, the first time since the parade started that New Year's fell on a Sunday, officials decided to postpone it a day "to avoid frightening horses tethered outside local churches and thus interfering with worship services," according to the Tournament of Roses official website.

There's apparently some speculation that the Man Upstairs may have appreciated the gesture: Rain has fallen on the Tournament of Roses only 10 times in its history. (Although, as examiner.com points out, a torrent was unleashed on the parade in 2006 after more than 40 rain-free years — and that year the parade occurred on Jan. 2, the day after a rain-free Sunday.)

Monday marked the 18th time the parade has been moved a day, according to marching.com.

Just a head's up for your sleeping schedule, Victoria: Next year, New Year's Day falls on Tuesday.

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