When’s the Indian New Year?
As we say, life is a full circle and so is the beginning of a new year. For the purposes of calculation, we just start some where and exit else where. The Chinese, English have their respective new years for their own country. Why is it not the case with India? Why isn’t there an Indian New Year? Let’s explore! 🙂
All the calendars in the World either follow the lunar cycle or the solar cycle for their calculation. Every religion pretty much has their own calendar to start from based on the life events of the Divinators who created that religion. eg., the English new year is based on the birth of Jesus Christ, the Muslim new year is based on the emigration of Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Medina etc.,
This puts us to a interesting question. Isn’t the entire Hindu religion supposed to be one atleast within India? We do worship the same Gods who live in the same place. If that’s the case, why are they different new years for every linguistic community in India? What is the basis of that? When some one says, let’s mark this as a new year for a religion, there should have been a basis to it.. Isn’t it? The people of the North insist that the new year is the beginning of Spring for them, however, it is the peak of summer for the people of the South. If that’s the case, how is it a new year for them?
And more over, A Hindu calendar is just 1 calendar with 12 months, if that’s the case, shouldn’t the date be the same throughout the people of Hinduism atleast? The neighbouring cities Karnataka and Andhra celebrate the beginning of Chaitra month on April 8th, whereas Tamil nadu and Kerala celebrates the beginning of Sithirai month on April 14th. It doesn’t take a linguistic professor to explain that they are basically the same. Why this difference??
What exactly is the reason behind keeping this date as our auspicious new year?? Did any Divinator come into Earth on this month in Hindu religion?? Did any major event happen in this month?? Is it the beginning of anything for that matter?? Are we just celebrating a new year for just no reason??
For the purposes of calculation and easy reference, wouldn’t August 15th deserve the right to be called as the New year for the entire Indian Sub-continent??
PS: Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkand, Chattisgarh.. celebrated their new year on 8th April of this month and Assam, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Odisha, Punjab, Bengal.. celebrate their new year on the 14th of this month.