Chetichand,which is the beginning of a new year and the birth anniversary of Jhulelal ,the patron saint of sindhi community, is celebrated by taking out Processions, rituals performed in temples,distribution of “prasad” and cultural programmes , organised to give it a true festive spirit
Cheti Chand is observed on the first day of the month of Chaitra. Chaitra is known as Cheti in Sindhi, hence the name Cheti Chand.
Many people carry” Bahrana saheb” to the temple to seek Jhulelal’s blessings
The Bahrana saheb is a nicely decorated bronze thaal in which the idol of Jhulelal is placed and a Kunri (an earthen vessel) , full of water and covered with red cloth is kept .Wheat flour is kneaded and given a shape of a cone, and is decorated with vermillion, cardamom, almonds,cashews and cloves On top of it a large piece of refined suger (Misri Jo Sangh),is placed .This cone is surrounded with fresh flowers,fruits, Scented Dhoop and agarbattis, and lighted diyas which transform the whole atmosphere into a divine experience.
This Bahrana sahib is then taken to the temple with people dancing and singing bhajans all the way.This is known as CHEJ.The contents of this thaal are then immersed in the water ,which is considered as our humble offering to Jhulelal .
A prasad of black chana and sweet rice (Tayhiri) are distributed and one can see people in groups distributing the prasad and sherbet on roads,outside temples,outside shops etc
So Happy Chetichand to all of you!