This yr, New Year’s celebrations are simply as a lot about saying goodbye to 2020 as they’re about ringing in 2021. In India, one of many international locations left hardest hit by the pandemic, Hindus have turned to their religion in the hope that higher occasions are forward.
Devout Hindus usually start each new yr visiting temples with their households. Elders often get up early in the morning on 1 January yearly, take a shower, placed on new garments and go to a temple to supply the day’s first prayer to the Gods – wishing for peace and prosperity.
The first day of 2021 was no completely different. Even amid the pandemic, on Friday, a number of Indian temples witnessed bigger than common crowds of devotees, who started lining up at daybreak to supply prayers to the deities.
The clergymen carried out the ceremonial morning “aarti” (prayer) in any respect temples in the presence of individuals standing with joined fingers and closed eyes. The Aarti is a Hindu custom in which earthen or steel lamps are lit like candles and rotated in clock-wise and anti-clockwise instructions in entrance of the gods’ idols as a mark of devotion and prayer.
Amid winter chills, footage and movies from a number of well-liked holy locations together with the Jammu and Kashmir-located Vaishnao Devi shrine made it to the social media, giving a glimpse into how even millennials are protecting these historic traditions alive.
India entered 2021 amid restrictions put into place because of the coronavirus state of affairs.
All main metro cities together with Delhi and Mumbai had imposed night time curfews on New Year eve and warned strictly in opposition to public gatherings.
This yr, home events and bonfires with shut family and friends proved to be the brand new years celebration pattern in India.