Unity In Diversity: The Foundation Of India’s Existence
Indeed, India is about plurality and diversity. It is said that India is the most diverse geographical entity in the world after Africa (which is actually a vast continent). Thus, there are huge variations in this country be it religion, languages, regionalities, ethnicities and so on. Different cultures have different rituals, practices, customs and traditions. Accordingly, there are various methods of celebrating the new year depending on the variant calendars followed by different regionalities and religions. For instance – Tamil Nadu people celebrate their New Year in the month of April. This is in addition to the New Year that the entire world celebrates on 1st January of every year. Here we would be discussing the Gujarati New Year or Vikram Samvat 2076 and the rituals they follow on this auspicious day. It usually falls on the next day of Diwali. This year it falls on October 28 (Monday), 2019.
Vikram Samvat 2076: The Celebration Of The Gujarati New Year
New Year in Gujarat is also known as Bestu Varas. Gujarati people are known for their folk dance called Garba, and their indomitable enthusiasm to celebrate all festivals with great pomp and ceremony. They are also famous for their mouth-watering cuisine and hospitality. The kind of pleasure they experience in playing the host is just remarkable. Every corner of Gujarat has different varieties of culture with minor differences in their style -- just like our country India. You might call it a small India inside a big India.
Vikram Samvat 2076 And The Krishna Connection
First of all, the Bestu Varas or Gujarati New Year is celebrated on the first day of Kartik month as per the Gujarati calendar. Kartik month is also the first month of Gujarati New Year calendar. While many religions celebrate their New Year at the time of Chaitra month, Gujaratis consider Kartik month’s first day to be auspicious for the celebration of New Year. The reason behind this is a mythological story related to Lord Krishna. All the festivals we celebrate here in India have a mythological story behind them, from which stem the actual belief or faith, the reason why people are so devoted to them.
The Story Behind Bestu Varas Or Gujarati New Year
As we are discussing the Gujarati New Year or Bestu Varas, we would like to enlighten you with the story and the faith that people nurture on this auspicious day. On this very day, Lord Krishna saved people from the heavy rain which was pouring down due to an evil act of Lord Indra by lifting the Govardhan Parbat on his little finger and providing the people shelter under it. From that day onwards, people do Govardhan Puja on this auspicious day at various temples. The practical takeaway from this mythological story is that if we are together and help each other, even such severe storms are not strong enough to destroy us. For the young generations, it would be wise to learn and understand the importance of unity in overcoming obstacles in life, and the destructive impact of divisive forces. Are you curious about your life? Buy the Janampatri.
A New Look To Life And Happiness
Gujarati New Year or Bestu Varas is the very next day after Diwali. People buy new vehicles or begin their new projects on this day, as it is a very auspicious day. This day is also good for starting all over again a new journey of life, leaving behind the bad memories and forgiving others. It is a day to forgive the past and create a new future.
Opening Of New Chopda (Account Book)
People clean their houses and redecorate them with new things and make their surroundings beautiful. They bring new things in the home and wear new clothes on this day. The most important work of this day is the beginning of new accounting books for businesspersons. They close the previous accounting book and worship the new book with the intent to have a great financial year ahead with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. This puja is called the Chopda Puja. Chopda is a Gujarati term for accounting books.
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