O Hindus, celebrate New Year as per Hindu tradition and follow Hindu Dharma & Culture
December 30 2011 :
Welcome the New Year by celebrating Samvatsararambh: Chaitra Shukla Pratipada
Difference between 31st Dec & Chaitra Shukla Pratipada for celebrating New Year :
31 st December :
-Day changes at midnight
-No change in environment
-No Spiritual and Scientific reasons present
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada/ Hindu New Year:
-Day changes with sunrise
-Positive changes in environment
-Spiritual and Scientific reasons present
Conversion’ for a day !
When a person converts to a new religion he begins to follow the customs and celebrates festivals of that religion. In the same way, in neglecting our own customs if we Hindus start celebrating Christmas or New Year as per the Christian calendar, then even if it be for a day we too are like converts to Christianity ! Hindus are completely oblivious to the fact that they will have to face the demerits of neglecting their own rituals and of being anti-Hindu, for following the materialistic 'Western days of celebration'. Today, to create respect for their religion and Dharma amongst Hindus, religious education is an absolute necessity.
Hindus endow more importance to 31st December !
Nowadays, from the young to the old, all wish each other a 'Happy New Year' or send greeting cards, on the night of 31st December; but Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is the New Year as per our Hindu culture. They consider this as a prestige point. In fact you will find only a handful of Hindus greeting each other on the occasion of Chaitra Shukla Pratipada.
Parents of the materialistic new generation are in hibernation !
As per the Hindu religion every auspicious event begins with ritualistic worship at the auspicious time (Brahma muhurta), which is on awakening at dawn, after a bath, wearing clean attire and ornaments. As a result, the sattva component in the atmosphere creates good impressions on the doer.
On the eve of the Western New Year people drink and make merry, in other words spend the night enjoying the pleasures of life. Thus automatically impressions of materialism are created on their subconscious minds. Besides, since at night the atmosphere is tama predominant the tama component in them grows. People are unaware of this because of the lack of religious education; the young generation falls prey to this materialism, fun and frolic. Their parents too are completely oblivious about what is happening to their children.
Destroy the invasion of foreign culture in the form of the demon Ravan
Today the Hindu religion is being attacked on all fronts, influence by Western culture being the most invasive. It is the duty of each and every Hindu to combat this attack. Just as on the day of Gudhi Padva Lord Rama killed the demon Ravan and returned to Ayodhya to hoist the flag of victory, so also Hindus must now combat Ravan who has assumed the form of Western cultural invasion and raise the Gudhi this year !
Hindus! Live as a true Hindu at least for a day !
On this day one can take note of the 'do's' and don'ts' given below -
1. Do not wish a fellow Hindu 'Happy New Year' either on 31st December or 1st January.
2. If a fellow Hindu greets you that way, take time to explain to him how this is wrong and impress upon him that Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is actually our new year.
3. Instead of sending New Year greetings to relatives and friends for 1st January, do it on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada.
4. Ensure that you pass on this valuable information to your near and dear ones, thus preventing them from sinning by celebrating New Year on a day other than our real New Year.
5. Remember that ushering in the New Year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada will help you develop pride in your religion, nation and language.
Samvatsararambh: Chaitra Shukla Pratipada
The wheel of Time that begins on Samvatsar-arambh day is related to the origin of the Universe and is beneficial for mankind. The period commencing on 1st January is related to the Dissolution of the Universe and is detrimental. Hence, celebrate the Samvatsar-arambh day !
A flyer creating awareness about the disadvantages of New Year celebrations on 1 st Jan. One HJS visitor sent this to us.
Source : Hindu JanJagruti Samiti