Sugar Cane was one of the five mystical substances believed to be demanded by the Gods.
"What are you doing New Year's Day" wasn't as catchy.
Next year will be the Year of the Sheep. Don't tell conspiracy theorists.
A truly eerie stone circle can be found waaaay up in Scotland. Check it out: http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/brodgar/
I don't mind the Mayans. Their calendar, on the other hand...
Want more More? He published a few other works, and all of his writings are solidly in the public domain and easy to get.
Great change brings great works of literature.