The New Year’s celebration started in 1722 by some of the state’s earliest settlers will again be held this Monday, Dec. 31 in Prairie du Rocher.
La Guiannee, the traditional French New Year’s celebration, dates back to the early 1700s, when the La Guiannee singers would visit houses in the early French town of Prairie du Rocher and sing for the residents. As part of the tradition, the residents provide refreshments for the singers at each stop.
This year the tradition begins at 5 p.m. as the La Guiannee singers will be singing during mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
The group sings traditional French songs, as well as the La Guiannee song which can only be heard at this time. They try to sing the song as closely as possible to the original in French.
Following mass, the group will head over to the Creole House for a performance around 6-6:15 p.m. Next is the Prairie du Rocher American Legion around 6:30-6:45 p.m.
This will be the start of their roving tour of the Prairie du Rocher area.
For more on La Guiannee, please see this week’s print edition.