Jaipur's Sindhis began their annual 15-day Cheti Chand fair on March 9 to mark their New Year Day and birthday of their deity, Jhulelal. The fair was kicked off with special offerings at a local Ganesh temple and prayers at Jhulelal temple in Malviya Nagar, reported Rajasthan Patrika. A fair committee has been formed for smooth running of the festivities.
Cheti Chand is an important festival celebrated as New Year's Day and 'Thanks Giving Day' by Sindhi people residing in Pakistan and India on the second day of the month Chaitra or Chet of Hindu calendar. The festival is observed in honour of the birth of patron saint Jhulelal of the Sindhis.
The first day of Cheti Chand fair is considered to be very auspicious by the Sindhis of Jaipur and is celebrated with pomp and gaiety. On this day, people worship water, Varuna and observe Chaliho Sahab rituals. The day ends with feasts and devotional music, such as bhajans and aartis.
''Sindhi aahiyu, Sindhi galhayu, sindhiyat ji jyot jagayu, tabha sabhin khe CHETRI CHANDRA ji lakh lakh wadhayu! Aayo lal Sabai Chao Julelal Dhiraj,'' is a common New Year Day message of the Sindhis.
"May this Cheti Chand bring you new spirit new beginning, happiness and prosperity. Wishing you Happy Cheti Chand!," is the common greeting in English on this day.