Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cheti Chand jiyu lakh lakh wadhaiyu.. Jai Jhulelal...

Today i want to write this blog in Sindhi.. which is my mother tongue... but unfortunately most of my readers wont understand, so let me write in english..
Wondering what the title means.. It means Celebration and Happiness in order of Lakhs on the festival of Cheti Chand..
Cheti Chand
marks the New Year in the Sindhi Calender. Going by the Hindu Calender, Cheti Chand is the second day of the Chaitra month known as Chet in Sindhi. Hence it is known as CHET-I-CHAND. Since it is the 2nd day of month chaitra, it comes 1 day after Ugadi and Gudi Parwa.
We celebrate this festival in honor of the birth of our Saint, Jhulelal. This day is considered to be very auspicious and is celebrated with joy. On this day, we worship Sant Jhulelal- the lord of water and the elixir of life.
On this day, 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 Kalsh (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.
In Bhopal, we have a Sindhi committee and we celebrate this festival together with family and friends. We sing prayers, and dance to the tunes. This type of dance is called Chejj in Sindhi and is similar to Dandiya dance. We also appreciate and encourage all the students and youngsters who have achieved heights in their career and made the Sindhi Community proud.

When you meet any Sindhi and want to wish him for Sindhi New Year, you say "Cheti Chand jyon Lakh Lakh Wadayun Athav". In response "Twah khe bhi Cheti Chand jyon Lakh Lakh Wadayun Athav".

Lakh Lakh Wadhaiyu... Jai Jhulelal !!!!!!!!!
Proud to be a Sindhi :)

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