Cheti Chand 2021 | Sindhi Festival
Cheti Chand is an important festival celebrated by the Sindhi people of Pakistan and India. However, the date of Cheti Chand is decided based on the Hindu calendar. According to the Hindu calendar, Cheti Chand is celebrated on the second day of Chaitra Shukla Paksha. Most of the time, it is celebrated one day after Ugadi and Gudi Padwa.
It is the day when the New Moon becomes visible after no moon day. Due to the first appearance of the moon during the Cheti month, this day is known as Cheti Chand.
The Sindhi community celebrates the festival of Cheti Chand to commemorate the birth anniversary of Ishtadeva Uderolal which is popularly known as Jhulelal, the patron saint of Sindhis.
The exact year of the birth of Saint Jhulelal is not known but he was born during the 10th century in Sindh. This was the time when Sindh came under the rule of Sumras. Sumras was tolerant of all other religions. However, a tyrant named Mirkshah was threatening Sindhi Hindus to either convert to Islam or face death.
Sindhis prayed to the river God to protect them from the forced conversion. It is stated that their prayers were heard after forty days of worship. River God promised them that the divine child would be born in Nasarpur to save them from the tyrant. The child was known as Saint Jhulelal.
This day is considered highly auspicious and is celebrated with much fanfare. The water which is the elixir of life is worshipped on this day.