Happy New Year!
Today, marks the first day of the year 2018. Did you know that Julian calendar went into effect on January 1, 45 B.C.?
Julius Ceasar enlisted the aid of Sosigenes, an Alexandrian astronomer, to help design a calendar. Sosigenes decided to follow the solar year, as did the Egyptians. The year was calculated to be 365 and 1/4 days.Caesar also decided that every four years a day be added to February, thus theoretically keeping his calendar from falling out of step. However, they miscalculated the solar year by 0.007801 days.
In the 1570s Roman Church became aware and Pope Gregory XIII commissioned Clavius to come up with a new calendar.” In 1582, the Gregorian calendar was implemented, omitting 10 days for that year and establishing the new rule that only one of every four centennial years should be a leap year.”
Ever since, people have celebrated the New Year on January using the Gregorian Calendar.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all from eatlovelaugh.org and may your year be filled with good food, good friends, and good laughter.