VIJAYAWADA: Setting off a new controversy, Andhra Pradesh government on Friday issued a circular asking temples in the state not to celebrate New Year eve and January 1 as these “festivals are not part of Hindu culture and ethos”.
“As per Hindu tradition, people should offer prayers and temples should organise festivities on Ugadi, which is New Year for Telugus across the world. This follows instructions from endowments commissioner YV Anuradha,” the circular said. The circular also stated that temples are celebrating New Year eve and even extending festivities to the next day. It also mentioned about funds splurge on floral decorations and events on New Year, which go against Hindu culture. The commissioner made it a point to implement the circular, ahead of the New year-eve, sources told TOI.
Speaking to TOI, secretary, HDPT, Vijayaragahavacharyulu said New Year is a mere event in the English calendar. “However, Ugadi marks the onset of a new season and change in astrological positions. Temples should celebrate Ugadi and not English New Year,” he said.