Ill effects of aping Western New Year

published on December 28, 2013

Celebrations on the eve of the Western New Year, that is 1st January, is accepted by Hindus as a day of celebration for them as well. They make big plans for this day, with regards to shopping, eating at a restaurant, taking a vacation etc. This is not limited to big cities, but it is also happening in villages, which do not even have the basic amenities of regular electricity and water supply ! By aping the West you are not only destroying your own tradition but are also impressing materialistic values upon the future generation. Hindus are completely in the dark about this fact. This article is therefore meant to highlight these facts.

The harm caused due to merry-making on Dec 31st : Alcohol consumption and drugs are at an all time high with crores of rupees being spent on the same. Eve-teasing, dancing on the rhythm of loud ear-splitting music, driving at high speeds, drunken driving leading to accidents and death are a few of the after effects of merry making.

    Every Hindu festival has a scientific basis and is associated with worship of Deities specifc to the ocassion. These festivals teach us the importance of sacrifice. Celebrating
Dec 31st mounts to a lavish life of partying, dancing, drinking, etc. Is it correct for Hindus to drown in such materialisitic celebrations?

As per the Hindu religion every auspicious event begins with ritualistic worship at an auspicious time called the Brahma muhurta (at dawn). The devotees take a bath, wear 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, spending the night on momentary pleasures. 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 and the young generation falls prey to this materialism, fun and frolic. Their parents too are completely oblivious about what is happening to their children.

O Hindus, celebrate New Year on Yugadi and not on Jan 1st!

 

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  1. Malini Reply

    December 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    New Year
    This is too naive and the writer is trying to introduce a sort of Talibnism in Hindu culture. Hindus are free to celebrate what they like to celebrate. In Kerala Onam celebration consumes a lot of alcohol. Please don’t try to introduce stupid ideologies in Hinduism. The essence of Hinduism is freedom and those who want to celebrate New Year, let them do it. What is wrong in celebrating New Year when Hindus use western calendar in daily life….

  2. Malini Reply

    December 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    New Year
    This is too naive and the writer is trying to introduce a sort of Talibnism in Hindu culture. Hindus are free to celebrate what they like to celebrate. In Kerala Onam celebration consumes a lot of alcohol. Please don’t try to introduce stupid ideologies in Hinduism. The essence of Hinduism is freedom and those who want to celebrate New Year, let them do it. What is wrong in celebrating New Year when Hindus use western calendar in daily life….

  3. S.Raghunathan Reply

    December 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

    1st Jan New Year celebrations reg
    Sir,In Tamilnadu all temples do abhishekam at 12midnight and say visesha puja and collect 500 or 1000 on that event.On new year day people go to temples in large numbers.At least going to temple is right but doing puja at midnight is not correct.Further young people drink and enjoy ,dance and sex.This is the style of our youth.What a pity.

  4. S.Raghunathan Reply

    December 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

    1st Jan New Year celebrations reg
    Sir,In Tamilnadu all temples do abhishekam at 12midnight and say visesha puja and collect 500 or 1000 on that event.On new year day people go to temples in large numbers.At least going to temple is right but doing puja at midnight is not correct.Further young people drink and enjoy ,dance and sex.This is the style of our youth.What a pity.

  5. S.Raghunathan Reply

    December 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

    1st Jan New Year celebrations reg
    Sir,In Tamilnadu all temples do abhishekam at 12midnight and say visesha puja and collect 500 or 1000 on that event.On new year day people go to temples in large numbers.At least going to temple is right but doing puja at midnight is not correct.Further young people drink and enjoy ,dance and sex.This is the style of our youth.What a pity.

  6. S.Raghunathan Reply

    December 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

    1st Jan New Year celebrations reg
    Sir,In Tamilnadu all temples do abhishekam at 12midnight and say visesha puja and collect 500 or 1000 on that event.On new year day people go to temples in large numbers.At least going to temple is right but doing puja at midnight is not correct.Further young people drink and enjoy ,dance and sex.This is the style of our youth.What a pity.

  7. Surya Reply

    December 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Re:Malini
    Madam,

    From the article i went through, i do not feel at all that a sort of Talibanism is being induced in Hindu Culture. The writer has not forced anyone to follow the same, only the reasons (advantages and disadvantages) are explained.
    Hinduism gives a lot of freedom to us..but does it mean that we can do whatever we want, indulge in drinking, vulgar dancing, late night partying and all other immoral activities on the pretext of New Year? Is this how one should begin the New Year? (with a bad note?)Is this the freedom needed? And when there is no basis to a celebration, what need is there to ape it? Is it correct to ape it just because others are doing it? Is this correct? Is it what u mean by freedom? Does freedom mean indulging in wrong activities???

  8. Surya Reply

    December 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Re:Malini
    Madam,

    From the article i went through, i do not feel at all that a sort of Talibanism is being induced in Hindu Culture. The writer has not forced anyone to follow the same, only the reasons (advantages and disadvantages) are explained.
    Hinduism gives a lot of freedom to us..but does it mean that we can do whatever we want, indulge in drinking, vulgar dancing, late night partying and all other immoral activities on the pretext of New Year? Is this how one should begin the New Year? (with a bad note?)Is this the freedom needed? And when there is no basis to a celebration, what need is there to ape it? Is it correct to ape it just because others are doing it? Is this correct? Is it what u mean by freedom? Does freedom mean indulging in wrong activities???

  9. Raj Puducode Reply

    December 31, 2013 at 10:44 am

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  10. Raj Puducode Reply

    December 31, 2013 at 10:44 am

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    Several openings abroad in countries like USA, France, Germany, England etc. Free airfare, food, clothes and accommodation provided. Less stress fun job & quite exciting to body & spirit. Counseling sessions with young white boys & girls by visiting their homes. Training provided. Church & their lawyers are behind you to support you all the way. Christ is tired of waiting to save your souls !!
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  11. S.Raghunathan Reply

    January 1, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Celebratuon of 1st Jan

    Dear Sir, I read in newspapers that some five people dead three police injured in Chennai Marina beach on new year celebrations 31.12.2013 night.Most young people rode on high speed on two wheelers and four wheelers under the influence of alcohol and public were afraid about this event.Every year on 31 Dec night this type of incidents occur.I presume also this is the case with other cities such as Mumbai,Bengaluru,Hyderabad,delhi,Kolkatta.Also lot of liquor sales in shops.But this sort of celebration is increasing and this is very sad.

  12. S.Raghunathan Reply

    January 1, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Celebratuon of 1st Jan

    Dear Sir, I read in newspapers that some five people dead three police injured in Chennai Marina beach on new year celebrations 31.12.2013 night.Most young people rode on high speed on two wheelers and four wheelers under the influence of alcohol and public were afraid about this event.Every year on 31 Dec night this type of incidents occur.I presume also this is the case with other cities such as Mumbai,Bengaluru,Hyderabad,delhi,Kolkatta.Also lot of liquor sales in shops.But this sort of celebration is increasing and this is very sad.

  13. A Sri Lankan Tamil Reply

    January 3, 2014 at 5:04 am

    January 1 is not our new year
    This is a very good editorial. January 1 is not our New Year. This is the church year. It is not a public holiday in India and should not be. Its an alien imposition. Lets celebrate our own traditional new year as per our own calendar with gusto and gaiety.

  14. A Sri Lankan Tamil Reply

    January 3, 2014 at 5:04 am

    January 1 is not our new year
    This is a very good editorial. January 1 is not our New Year. This is the church year. It is not a public holiday in India and should not be. Its an alien imposition. Lets celebrate our own traditional new year as per our own calendar with gusto and gaiety.

  15. A Sri Lankan Tamil Reply

    January 3, 2014 at 5:04 am

    January 1 is not our new year
    This is a very good editorial. January 1 is not our New Year. This is the church year. It is not a public holiday in India and should not be. Its an alien imposition. Lets celebrate our own traditional new year as per our own calendar with gusto and gaiety.

  16. A Sri Lankan Tamil Reply

    January 3, 2014 at 5:04 am

    January 1 is not our new year
    This is a very good editorial. January 1 is not our New Year. This is the church year. It is not a public holiday in India and should not be. Its an alien imposition. Lets celebrate our own traditional new year as per our own calendar with gusto and gaiety.

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