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|6-Hindu and Christmas|
This is the Season of 'Give' and 'Take'. Yes- the Parents 'Give' and the
The meals, the parties, the visits to relatives, friends and neighbors,
the exchange of Gifts and Greetings! The singing, at homes and in the
streets, the programs on the Radio and T/V! 'Good
Added to this, are the presents and gifts from 'Santa Claus'! The children express their wishes, early in the Season, to their parents. The parents, in turn, tell them to ask from 'Santa'. In the Malls, the children list their wishes to the innumerable 'Santas', in various shops.
And the Centerpiece of all this will be the 'Christmas Tree'- With a Star
on top - Star of David.
And, in all the above, where do we, as Indians - Particularly Hindu - stand?
We light our homes from inside, we decorate the public halls, where we hold the functions to celebrate in groups, we have lights in our Temples.
Yet while we, thus, have brightness around us in our community and a festive
mood, outside all life is normal, with hardly any ripple, otherwise! In no
way the world around is affected.
But, in case of homes with children, it is a different story. Because we can not see the disappointment in the eyes of our little Angels, we try to bring the same gaiety and happiness in our homes. We have 'Christmas Tree', at home, for their sake, and some times keep presents under the Tree. (They have already received some at the time of Divaalee, mark you! The ones under the Tree are 'bonus').
In our minds, we may feel uneasy. But we do so for the love of our children, for the joy we wish to see on their innocent faces. It is, however interesting to note, and to know- that there are millions of Christians world over, of many denominations, who do not celebrate Christmas. They do not believe that Jesus was born on Dec 25th. As a matter of fact, it was some time at the end of August or early September. You ask the Priests, in the Churches, and they will grudgingly admit it.
The references in the Bible itself, that at the time of birth of Jesus, the formations of stars in the night skies and the weather around - the shepherds bringing their flocks in, at nights, because the nights were 'getting cold', suggest this.
Then how did this '25th of December' come to Pass?
* (The Geetaa Jayantee, or the birthday of the Bhagavad Geetaa, is celebrated throughout India and other parts of the world by all the admirers and lovers of this most sacred scripture on the eleventh day (Ekaadashee) of the bright half (Shukla Paksh) of the month of Maargsheersh (December-January) , according to the Hindu almanac. It was on this day that Sanjaya narrated to King Dhritarashtra the dialogue between Shree Krishn and Arjun, and thus made the glorious teachings of the Lord available to us, and to people of the world, for all time. The Geetaa Jayantee marks one of the greatest days in the history of mankind. Nearly six thousand years ago on that day a dazzling flash of brilliant light lit up the firmament of human civilization. That flash, that marvelous spiritual effulgence, was the message of the Bhagvad Geetaa, given by the Lord Himself on the battlefield of Kuru Kshetra. Unlike ordinary flashes of light which die away after a split-second, this brilliant flash of that memorable day has continued to shine through the centuries, and even now illumines the path of humanity on its onward march to perfection).
However, coming to the subject proper - 'Having Christmas Trees in our homes'.
Do you, Parents, remember, our old folks talking about a Tree- 'Kalp Taru' or 'Kalp Vriksh' or 'Kalp Drum'? A Tree under which you make a wish and it would come true? For us Hindu, what else is a 'Christmas' Tree, but a 'Kalp Taru!' And the Star on top? That is the 'Dhruv Taaraa', (The Northern Star)! The guiding Light! Steadfast, never wavering, helping us steer in the right direction in Life!
So, keeping our conscience and tradition, in tact, we can safely bring a
Christmas Tree in the home and impress upon the minds of our children that
the Christians have borrowed the idea from us.
So, let us celebrate Christmas with the same gusto as Divaalee, bringing
our own Social Spirit in it.
In passing - Does this sound familiar? Christ - 2,000 years ago, and
Krishn (Kristo - In Bangaalee language), in antiquity?
The Romans borrowed parts of their earliest known calendar from the
Greeks. The calendar consisted of 10 months in a year of 304 days. The
Romans seem to have ignored the remaining 61 days, which fell in the
middle of winter. The 10 months were named Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius,
Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December. The last
six names were taken from the words for five, six, seven, eight, nine, and
ten. Romulus, the legendary first ruler of Rome, is supposed to have
introduced this calendar in the 700s BCE. According to tradition, the
Roman ruler Numa Pompilius added January and February to the calendar.
This made the Roman year 355 days long (the old one was 304 days long).
To make the calendar correspond approximately to the solar year, Numa
also ordered the addition every other year of a month called Mercedinus.
Mercedinus was inserted after February 23 or 24, and the last days of
February were moved to the end of Mercedinus. In years when it was inserted,
Mercedinus added 22 or 23 days to the year".
Please mark, in Sanskrit language - Sept and Sapt, Oct and Asht, Novem and Navam, Dec and Dasham! First month of Hindu calendar is 'Chaitra', that is generally, month of March. Counting from that, the seventh month is September, eighth is October, ninth is November and tenth is December. Does it tally?
Now, 'X'Mas! What has Christmas to do with 'X'Mas, except for coincidence?
Doesn't 'X' mean Ten in Roman script, and doesn't 'Mas' mean month in Sanskrit?
So, all in all, again, it means 'Tenth Month'.
Created by Sushma Gupta On May 27, 2001
Modified on 06/10/13