Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is the day on which the Universe was created; hence, this is the real commencement of the New Year.

Welcoming the New Year on 1st January according to the western culture (by singing and vulgar dancing, eating-drinking, indulging in materialistic pleasures on 31st December night), which does not have any spiritual basis, amounts to ‘conversion’ of Hindus for a day !