On this 11th April one of the great festival of Sindhi comes… and that festival name is Cheti Chand.
Cheti Chand (Sindhi,Devanagari) is an important festival celebrated as New Year’s Day by Sindhi people of India and Pakistan. It is also celebrated by the Sindhi diaspora around the world. According to the Hindu calendar, it is the second day of the month chaitra (i.e. a day after Ugadi and Gudi Padwa), known as Chet in the Sindhi language. Hence it is known as Chet-i-Chand.
Greetings on this Day :
The Sindhi New Year greeting is: “Cheti Chand jyon Lakh Lakh Wadayun Hujan”. The response is: “Twah khe bhi Cheti Chand jyon Lakh Lakh Wadayun Hugan”or informally “Penghi Wadhayun”.
About Cheti Chand
The Sindhi community celebrates the festival of Cheti Chand in honour of the birth of Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal, the patron saint of the Sindhis. This day is considered to be very auspicious and is celebrated with pomp and gaiety. On this day, people worship water – the elixir of life.
On this day, many Sindhis take Baharana Sahib to a nearby river or lake. Baharana Sahib consists of Jyot (Oil Lamp), Misiri (Crystal Sugar), Phota (Cardamom), Fal (Fruits), and Akha. Behind is Kalash (Water jar) and a Nariyal (Coconut) in it, covered with cloth, phool (flowers) and patta (leaves). There is also a Murti (Idol) of Pujya Jhulelal Devta (Pujya=Worthy of worship, Devta=Deity).
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