Cheti Chand (Sindhi: چنڊ چيٽي ) is an important Sindhi festival, and is celebrated as the New Year’s Day by the people of Sindhi community. It is observed on the first day of the Sindhi Month Chet (March – April) or Chaitra month in Hindu calendar; hence called it is known as Chet-i-Chand.
The day coincides with other festivals celebrated in other parts of the country like – Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Ugadi / Yugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The day also coincides with the start of Hindu festival of Chaitra Navaratra.
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.
According to the Legends, on this day Varun Dev appeared as Uderolal to save Sindhi’s from the dictatorship of a ruler who wanted to destroy the Sindhi culture and Hinduism.
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 of the year, Sindhi businessmen start new account books, just like the Gujarati community does on the Gujarati New Year’s Day (Padvo).
Followers of Jhulelal observe Chaliho Sahab. It suggests that for forty long days and nights they underwent rituals and vigil on the bank of Sindhu. They did not shave, nor did they wear new clothes or shoes. They did not use soap or oil or any opulent thing. They just washed their clothes, dried them and wore them again. In the evening, they worshiped God Varun (Vedic deity of water and cosmic order), sang songs in his praise and prayed for solace and salvation. After 40 days of Chaaliho, the followers of Jhulelal celebrate the occasion with festivity as ‘Thanks Giving Day’ and this practice is being followed even today.
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).
We wish all Sindhi’s Happy New Year’s Day…. Happy Cheti Chand …
Cheti Chand 2016 Date :
In 2016, Cheti Chand will be celebrated on Saturday, 9th April 2016.