Common festival for two rival nations
People of India celebrate every year various festivals according to the religions and regions as there are a lot of cultures that follow various religions in different areas of the country. One of those important festivals is Jhulelal Jayanti, which is also called as Cheti Chand. Juhelal is said as the community god of the people of Sindh who are now popularly known as Sindhis.
This day is celebrated by Sindhis as it is the birth anniversary of the Ishtadeva Uderolal, a popular and a great saint of Sindhis. As the population of this community is found in both the countries, this festival is celebrated by both the Sindhi people of India as well as Pakistan. According Hindu calendar, this day falls on the second day of Chaitra Shukla Paksha and it is the day on which the new moon becomes visible after the no moon day. As it is the first appearance of moon during the month Cheti, it is called as Cheti Chand and the word Sindu is derived from the name of a river Sindhu, which is currently present in the Pakistan and called as Indus River.
This particular day is considered as the most important and auspicious day and is celebrated with peal of trumpets. The water which is the important potion of life is worshipped on this day. The people of Sindhi community carry out a procession in the area wherever they stay. On this day a lot of Sindhis begin new ventures, shift to new houses and also declares engagements of boys and girls as it is the most auspicious day for them.
It is believed that in common form Juhelal is a bearded man who sits with a cross leg in the lotus flower, which rest on a palla fish.