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Cheti Chand Festival Date2017

According to English Calander Cheti Chand or Sindhi New Year Celebrated 29th March 2017 and  Gujarati hindu calander cheti chand is coming on month of Chaitra day of second.

About Cheti Chand Festival

Cheti Chand Festival is major celebration in india and Pakistan.Cheti chand Festival is known as Sindhi New Year and Jhulelal Jayanti(birthday of Sindhi patron saint Jhulelal), Varun Jayanti( Birthday of water God).The Sindhi community is seen wishing each other in the native Sindhi Language “Cheti Chand jyon Lakh Lakh Wadayun Athav”, which means lacs of wishes for Happy Cheti Chand.Hence people worship water – the elixir of life on the occasion of Cheti Chand. This day is considered to be very auspicious and 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.
Businessmen start new accounts books on this day. It is considered an auspicious day to start new initiatives. People greet each other with "Cheti Chand jyon lakh lakh wadayun athav". The aarti of Jhulelal is performed and then men perform the folk dance, Chej before Jhulelal. Tahiri and Chole are typically distributed as prasad. Tahiri is a rice pudding made with milk.

The legend says that on this particular day Varun Devta appeared as Jhulelal for the first time to tell people that he is here to help and protect Sindhis who were oppressed by a dictator. People participate in the celebration of Cheti Chand with great enthusiasm, vigor and pomp. Major ‘Aarthi’ and worshipping of Jhulelal is done on this day. As it is the birthday of Water God great importance is given to water on this day.
One very important event takes place during this day called the Chaliho Sahib which is a 40 day event when the followers don’t shave or buy new clothes or use soap and oil. They engage in worshipping Water God and sing songs to him for peace and solace. After this 40 day event people thank their God and celebration takes place as ‘thanks giving Day’. On the auspicious occasion of Cheti Chand people carry oil lamp, crystal sugar, cardamom and fruits to river Sindhu and worship the river as well as Jhulelal. This great event is observed by both men and women all over India by Sindhi community. They take great pride in celebrating this day and it is also a time where all the members of the family meet and enjoy their time together. The women of the house prepare a variety of dishes and serve the people in the house with love. People often go to temples and donate food and clothes to poor people.

 Cheti Chand Significance

King Markh Shah of Sind believed in converting Hindus into Muslims. He used force and torure to convert the Hindus. Hindus were greatly perturbed. They gathered at the banks of the river Indus and went on fast. They pleaded God to come to their prayers. Their prayers were answered and God appeared before them coming out of the flowing Indus-waters. He said to them that he'll soon take birth in the house of Ratanchand and save them from the tyranny of Markh Shah. Udero was born in the city of Nasarpur on the first day of the month of Chaitra. He checked king Markh Shah in his tyrannical pursuits of proselytizing the Hindus. Now this story has got historical as well as scientific basis. Nasarpur town still stands near Thatta, the capital of Sindh, when Markh Shah ruled. Udero's first name was Udaychand meaning the rising one. Uderolal is said to have been born on the first day of the Chaitra month. Which is considered the first day of our new year. Sindhis have Cheti Chand (First day of Chaitrra) as their New Year Day. Cheti Chand is considered as the birthday of our Udero.

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