First January, New Year’s Celebration, and Islamic Teachings: Happy New Year
In all religions and nations of the world, there are various ways to celebrate festivals and joys, and every festival has its own significance. However, as the world progressed and people became cultured, they created new celebrations and festivals in the name of culture and art. One of these new celebrations is the Happy New Year.
In essence, this celebration of the New Year was created by Christians, known as the Christian New Year. Christians have been celebrating on the occasion of the New Year since ancient times. It is said that according to their beliefs, the birth of Hazrat Jesus (ﷺ) took place on 25th December, and in his honor, Christmas Day is celebrated. Due to this, the quality of celebration continues throughout the world, and this same spirit continues until the arrival of the New Year.
During the New Year’s celebration, the whole country is adorned with colorful lights, and people eagerly await the stroke of midnight on December 31st. As soon as the clock strikes twelve, people exchange greetings, cut cakes, the sound of “Happy New Year” echoes everywhere, fireworks are displayed, and various nightclubs host recreational programs, which include arrangements for drinks, dance, and entertainment. This is because their entertainment relies on only two things: firstly, alcohol, and secondly, women.