The Red River Parish Journal wishes you and your family and friends a very prosperous 2018. We wish you health, wealth, and happiness in the coming year.
The first celebration of New Years took place in 45 BC according to the History Channel. Its post reports, “Soon after becoming Roman dictator, Julius Caesar decided that the traditional Roman calendar was in dire need of reform. “ That calendar had been adopted about 700 years earlier and “attempted to follow the lunar cycle but frequently fell out of phase with the seasons.”
So Caesar made the corrections to the calendar and the Julian calendar was adopted in 45 BC. It took effect on New Year’s Day.
According to History Chanel, “In the 1570’s Pope Gregory XIII commissioned astronomer Christopher Clavius to come up with a new calendar. The Gregorian calendar was implemented.” That calendar was adopted in 1582. It eliminated some days and establish Leap Year every four years.
In Red River Parish we celebrated a couple of nights ago. There were numerous events in big cities to the north, however in Coushatta the streets were mostly deserted about 9:00 pm.
No matter how you marked the New Year’s arrival, we hope it is a good one for you. And if you made any resolutions, we hope you are able to keep them.