Published on: March 17, 2023 @ 17:46
Reporter: Aniruddha Pal
SPT News, in Kolkata, March 17: Sindhi community’s New Year will be on March 19, 2023. This day is known to them as “Cheti Chand”. The day is going to be celebrated with a cultural program at Park Street in Kolkata on that day. Organized by Vishwa Sindhi Seva Sangam or VSSS.
President Mr. Anil Punjabi’s message on Sindhi New Year celebrations
In a press release, West Bengal president of Vishwa Sindhi Seva Sangam, Mr. Anil Punjabi said, “The Sindhi community in Kolkata came to undivided India during the partition of India. While a small section of Hindu Sindhis migrated to Kolkata and this part of West Bengal. Their self-contained business units have expanded their operations to build large hotels and other famous landmarks.”
“March 19,2023 is the new year of our Sindhi community. The day we celebrate as “Cheti Chand”. On this historic day I would like to gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and support of all the Sindhis of Kolkata for coming together to unite the community. This is the effort of the Sindhi community in Kolkata. Whenever we have staged an event, we have invited various Sindhi organizations and institutions to join us and it is great to say that they have all come forward with great enthusiasm and cordiality.”
World Sindhi Seva Sangam
The Sindhi community has formed a cultural and social association with its members to preserve their culture and language, one of them being Vishwa Sindhi Seva Sangam. VSSS organizes various events from time to time besides celebrating the Sindhi New Year known as “Cheti Chand”. This year the event will be celebrated on Sunday March 19, 2023 at Park Street in Kolkata.
On this occasion all Sindhis from different walks of life gather to greet each other. Sindhi songs and traditional dances are organized by VSSS on the occasion.
What is “Cheti Chand”?
Cheti Chand i.e. the moon of Chaitra is a festival that marks the beginning of the Lunar Hindu New Year for Sindhi Hindus. The date of the festival is based on the lunar cycle of the lunar Hindu calendar, on the first day of the year, in the month of Chet (Chaitra). It usually falls in late March or early April in the Gregorian calendar, on the same day as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in other parts of southern India. Cheti Chand is a very important festival for the people of the Sindhi community. This festival is also celebrated as Jhulelal Jayanti. The Sindhi community celebrates the birth anniversary of their main deity, Jhule Lal. Lord Varuna is worshiped on this day. Worshiping them brings happiness and prosperity. Cheti Chand is not only a festival but also a symbol of Indus civilization. At present, it is known all over India.