1. What is New Year?
The arrival of New Year is celebrated on a very large scale all over the world. These days it is a trend to have parties, fireworks, drinking, eating and enjoying on the eve of New Year. The New Year is just after the Christmas holidays and hence people combine these two celebrations. 1st January became the first day of the year as per the Roman Julian Calendar, although, these days many countries have started following the Gregorian calendar.
In India, New Year is celebrated according to Hindu Calendar and varies as per regions, some celebrate it in October-November, some in March, etc.
New Year in different regions of India according to Hindu Calender
|Solar or Lunar calendar||Date||Festival name||Religion / Regions (Hindu)|
|Lunar||varies, Mar/Apr||Ugadi||Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka|
|Lunar||varies, Mar/Apr||Holi||Uttar Pradesh|
|Lunar||varies, Mar/Apr||Gudhi Padwa / Samsaar Padwo||Maharashtra, Goa, Konkan|
|Lunar||varies, Mar/Apr||Cheti Chand||Sindh|
|Solar||fixed, April 13/14/15||Vaisakhi||Punjab|
|Solar||fixed, April 13/14/15||Rongali Bihu||Assam|
|Solar||fixed, April 13/14/15||Tamil puthandu||Tamil Nadu|
|Solar||fixed, April 13/14/15||Vishu||Kerala|
|Solar||fixed, April 13/14/15||Bishuva Sankranti||Odisha|
|Solar||fixed, April 14/15||Poila Boishakh||Bengal|
|Solar||fixed, April 13/14/15||Jud Sheetal||Mithila, part of Bihar|
|Lunar||varies, Oct/Nov||Nav Varas||Gujarat|
2. Is it necessary to celebrate on 31st December?
December 31 is the last day of the year. As the clock ticks towards midnight, people anxiously wait for it to strike 00:00 hours or 12:00 AM. At that very moment, people happily wish each other happy new year and a wave of joy spreads around, fireworks light up the sky and the party continues on full swing with intake of large amount of alcohol, loud music with dancing and eating. This continues till wee hours in the morning and when the Sun rises in the sky, most of the party goers are just going to bed. The state of some of these party goers is bad as they are inebriated and some others to such an extent that they have passed out due to the consumption of alcohol.
In fact, there is no logical reasoning why December 31 is considered to be the last day of the year or January 1 to be the first day of New Year. In spite of this most people across the globe take a rest on the very first day of their New Year!
3. Spiritual impact of celebrating New Year with current trend
In this Universe, everything is made of the subtle components, Sattva-Raja-Tama. Depending on the proportion of these subtle components, the individual and the environment get affected. A high quantity of the Sattva component attracts positive energies or the Divine principle and a high quantity of the Raja and Tama components attracts negative energies.
Western influence on Hindus
The British had ruled India in the 18th and 19th centuries, due to which many aspects of Hindu Dharma have either got distorted or have disappeared completely. In the last few decades, TV and other media have increased the Western influence on Hindus. As a result, a large number of Hindus have adopted a Western way of living, abandoning the rich Dharma heritage inherited from their ancestors. The celebration of the New Year is one such example, which indicates that the majority of Hindus could be on the verge of adopting Western values in the guise of ‘being modern’ or ‘keeping pace with the world’, thereby losing their Dharmik values.
Spiritual impact during New Year celebration
a. December 31 is a favorite day of negative energies; because they can store large amounts of distressing energy, release it on individuals as well as in the environment and exchange it with other negative energies very easily.
b. Consuming alcohol, eating meat, dancing erotically, etc. at parties, clubs and bars through the night during New Year celebrations is very common. After sunset, the influence and presence of negative energies in the environment starts to increase and reaches its peak at midnight. At the same time, high amounts of the subtle Raja-Tama components are also present in the environment. As a result, the negative energies derive demonic bliss from it because –
i. They can release and exchange large amounts of distressing energy without much effort. It is because of these activities, that the environment becomes conducive for the negative energies.
ii. The negative energies take control of the mind and intellect of people participating in the Raja-Tama predominant celebrations. Later, the negative energies can get anything done from these people. Unfortunately, people are not even aware of who they are and what they are doing! In fact, the negative energies use these people and satisfy their own cravings for alcohol and meat.
iii. On the New Year’s Eve, many TV channels telecast many entertaining programs and live New Year celebrations. When the clock approaches midnight, one can hear loud noises of firecrackers, people screaming ‘Happy New Year’, etc.TV channels show vulgar shows, seductive music/songs and dances, etc. which awakens sexual feelings. One can see artificial lighting everywhere. This kind of environment is most conducive for negative energies, as they get attracted to such places very easily. They exchange distressing energy through the medium of sight and touch. As a result, people can experience physical and psychological distresses.
iv. In hotels, restaurants, pubs, clubs, etc. one can see people wearing sexy clothes. Many of them get drunk and are not even aware of it. This kind of environment generates Raja-Tama components, thus making it very conducive for the negative energies to attack people.
c. Just as people plan parties and events on the New Year’s Eve, the negative energies too plan for New Year’s Eve well in advance so that they can cause maximum distress to the people.
4. What should be the New Year ?
When a child is born, that day is considered to be his birthday. The day, month and the year becomes the child’s birth date. Then onwards every year the same day and month becomes that child’s birthday and a reason for celebrations. If we apply a similar logic, then the Universe was not created on January 1; hence, New Year celebrations on 31 December / January 1 are akin to celebrating a child’s birthday on any random day.
There is nothing wrong in welcoming the New Year; however it should be done on the correct day in such a way that it will be beneficial for us. The true New Year Day is the day when this Universe was created. Please refer to our article ‘When actually should we celebrate New Year?’ given ahead.
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