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New Year’s Eve: A secular festival for all

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 30 2017   /  12:34 am

The time has come to bid farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018. Though some people consider the beginning of another year simply just another day, billions of others across the globe celebrate New Year’s Eve with joy, feasts, dancing and fireworks and hope for a better life.Surprisingly, religious leaders from Islam say that New Year’s Eve is a Christian event, while Christians say the occasion does not commemorate any specific Biblical event. Jewish, Persian, Hindu and Buddhist leaders also say that the celebration does not belong to their faith. Religions and cultures have their own calendars and celebrate the New Year on different dates, hence the differing perceptions. For instance, Sunday night’s celebration marks the beginning of the year 2018 on only the Gregorian calendar.Muslims around the world follow the Hijri calendar, celebrating their own New Year on the first day of the ...