Cheti Chand is sacred and religious festival of Sindhis. The Sindhi community around the globe celebrate Cheti Chand which is the birth date of Jhulelal, the religious saint of the Sindhis. The day is to commemorate the birthday and also as a New Year day according to the Hindu Calendar.
Time to Celebrate:
The Cheti Chand is held on the second day of the Chaitra month of Hindu Calendar, mostly in March every year.
The Sindhi community celebrates the festival of Cheti Chand in honour of the birth of Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known asJhulelal, the saint of the Sindhis. This day is considered to be very auspicious and is celebrated with pompous and gaiety. On this day, people worship water,the elixir of life. 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 worshipped God Varun, sang songs in his praise and prayed for their solace and salvation. After 40 days of Chaaliho, the followers of Jhulelal celebrate the occasion with festivity as ‘Thanks Giving Day’ till today.