Cheti Chand

Cheti Chand is essentially the new year for the Sindhi Hindus. The festival is celebrated in late March or early April of every year.Although majorly celebrated in India and Pakistan, Cheti Chand is celebrated with much zest amongst all the Sindhis in different parts of the world. The festival is associated with the birth of Uderolal in the year 1007.Legend has it that during this time, there used to be a cruel Muslim ruler by the name of Mirkhshah. The Sindhi community of that time offered their prayers to Uderolal to save them from the arrogant ruler. As a reply to the same, Uderolal taught the Muslim ruler a lesson and it is his birthday that is celebrated as Cheti Chand amongst the Sindhi Hindus. He is fondly known as “Jhulelal” amongst his followers. The day is also celebrated as “Thanks Giving Day.”

Major ways of celebrating the festival include taking a procession out in public of Baharana Sahib which includes an oil lamp, cardamom, fruits, amongst other things. When the procession is out in the public, those involved in the festivities perform “Chhej” which is a traditional Sindhi dance. When the Baharana Sahib reaches the banks of the river, a dish known as “Akho” is offered to the Water God. In different parts of the country, particularly in cities like Indore, Ajmer, Jaipur, amongst others, cultural programs are held to celebrate Cheti Chand with great pomp and show and to demonstrate the rich cultural heritage of the Hindu Sindhis. Some of the famous and traditional dishes that Sindhis cook on this day include Sai Bhaji, Mitho Lolo, Sindhi Kadhi, Dal Pakwan, amongst a host of others. Besides, businessmen consider the day very auspicious and start their new accounts on this day. Fairs, processions, cultural programs are held in different parts around the country to observe the festival of Cheti Chand.

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