Today marks the first day of the New Year on Hindu calendar, as we enter the year 2073. The first aarti prayer will be held at 7AM on this day.
Also on this day, beginning at 6PM, business-owners will close existing account books and open new ones in preparation for the fiscal year ahead. Devotees also take stock of their spiritual relationship with God, and consider any progress or regress they have made in the year past. The ceremony, known as Chopda Pujan, will take place in the evening. Hundreds of new account books – in a variety of paper and electronic forms – are sanctified through the showering of flowers petals amidst the chanting of Vedic hymns and prayers.
Bring your kids! Alongside this event will be a separate Chopda Pujan where kids will similarly perform the ceremony with their school books! Bring any school book, journal, or binder for the puja.