Alert Hindus trend #MyNewYearIsHinduNewYear ahead of 31st Dec ‘celebrations’ !

The arrival of New Year is celebrated on the night of 31st December 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.

But actually 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. This is the right time to celebrate new year because of various changes that take place in environment and it is also concurrent with our ancient culture. 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.

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.

To create awareness among such Hindus that 1st January is not our new year, alert Hindus started tweeting from morning with hashtag #MyNewYearIsHinduNewYear. As more number of people started supporting this trend, it became 2nd trend in national top trends. It was in Top 10 national trends for few hours and it created awareness among millions of Hindus through social media.

Here are some of the tweets from this trend :

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