Celebrated In: India in Summer Season
Celebrated By: Sindhi ()
Cheti Chand is an important festival celebrated by Sindhi people of Pakistan and India. However date of Cheti Chand is decided based on Hindu calendar. According to Hindu calendar, Cheti Chand is celebrated on the second day of Chaitra Masa Shukla Paksha. Most of the times, 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 festival of Cheti Chand is the New Year Day for people of Sind in Pakistan. It is celebrated on the second day of the month of Chaitra. The festival is celebrated to honor the birth of Sai Ishtadeva Uderolal, the incarnation of Varuna, the God of water as per Hindu mythology.
On this day, devotees worship Saint Uderolal who is also known as Jhulelal along with the God of water Varuna. Worship of the Sea God is performed. This day is considered auspicious for the businessmen who start new account books to mark the start of a new economic year. Sindhi music is played and men perform folk dances. Reeverence is paid to God Varuna on the banks of River Sindhu. People observe fast and after offering prayers they break their fast with a mixture of coconut milk, sugar, molasses and fruits.
The festival of Cheti Chand is known as a communion of Hindus and Muslims and eradication of the distinctions between religions, casts and creeds.