Cheti Chand Celebrations
April 2nd, 2016
What a great Event !!!
For those that attended our Cheti Chand Celebrations event on April 2nd, THANK YOU ! For those that could not attend, no worries. We will cover some of the highlights of the event in this post so you don’t miss out on the event completely 🙂
We had an awesome, fun filled evening, with lots of activities. This year we had one of the largest turnout for Cheti Chand Celebrations. We had attendees from not just all over Illinois but folks drove all the way from Indiana, Wisconsin and flew from Baltimore, Washington DC to join in the celebrations of our Sindhi New Year. Special Thanks to those that drove and flew from far places.
Many thanks to Our Decoration Team (Richa Chhatwani, Meena Chandnani, Anita Kalwani and many other spouses & kids of the committee members) who knocked it out of the park creating a very warm and friendly ambience for the evening.
To Greet our esteemed guests for the evening, we had the honor of our Senior members like Nand Belani, Subhash Balaney, Rupani, our Program Coordinator, Monika Bahroos and our little Champ Lal help us welcome everyone.
The event started off with a warm welcome by our awesome and Rocking EMCEE’s – Neil Bahroos and Roshan Chandnani. They both did a fantastic job in articulating the importance of this auspicious day for Sindhis worldwide and why we celebrate Cheti Chand. Not just the kids, but even some of the Parents appreciated this since their kids learnt something new.
This was followed by our main event of the day – Behrano where everyone joined in to offer our prayers to Lord Jhulelal. We had guidance from respective elders like Rajni Punjabi, Manju Dadlani and a lot of other elders who helped chant prayers and sing our Sindhi songs like “Pallao Paya Thi Ma” and a lot more awesome traditional songs. The Dhol playing aspect with our Sindhi songs added so much Tempo to everything, made me dance right there :-). Thanks to one of our EMCEE, Neil Bahroos, who was simply awesome at playing the Dhol as well. The Behrano was followed by Aarti and Prasad. Our cute little kids helped out distributing Prasad to all the ladies and gentlemen at the event, making their parents proud.
We had several activities for kids where they enjoyed drawing and coloring and help sell Raffle tickets. To encourage more Small & Medium Businesses, we had a few vendors who participated by setting up small booths where they could showcase their services and products to our Sindhi community. We would also like to Thank these vendors for their generous donations to the Organization. Our ladies love Mehendi anytime, so we had a Mehendi lady who was present throughout the evening to apply beautiful designs of Mehendi on their hands.
After the Bahrano, we had a great social hour where our members mingled around meeting other members, new members while enjoying drinks at the bar and delicious appetizers.
Followed by this our President, Mona Lal spoke for a few minutes Thanking Everyone for attending and participating in the event. She also did a great job on the outreach, vision and inclusiveness of our committee.
A Few Quotes from her Speech
“We are delighted to have you here to participate and share in the cheti chand New Year’s Eve celebration as its put together by the Sindhi Association of Metropolitan Chicago.
It’s heart warming to see so many of you here, with your families, to celebrate with us and it reminds us all, just how important our work is”
“Our team of year 2016 has been working hard for last few months to carry forward the traditions of our elders who founded the association almost half a century back”.
“Ehro kam kajey, Jo laal labhey, Ain preet bee rehjee achey”
“Let us act in such a manner that we find the sought for gem and we continue to retain the friendship”
Following the Presidents speech, We had some rocking performances by our lovely little kids who looked super cute in traditional Sindhi hats and did an awesome job with their performances making their parents and the entire Community proud.
To make this a memorable evening, We had, for the very first time LIVE singing in addition to having a DJ. While Dinner was being served, our melodious singers Chetan and Nisha from the Fitoor group entertained everyone with some super duper hits from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and some of the latest chartbusters. The audience was so engraved in listening that they almost forgot that they had dinner on their tables :-).
After this our Secretary of the Association, Prakash Chhatwani took the stage to Thank everyone for coming. Prakash also introduced the Executive Committee members to the community. This was the first time that the newly elected committee members were all present at the same time and all members could put the faces to the names of the committee members.
Wait ! The evening was not over yet. There was a lot more fun to come. After dinner, we had a killer combination of DJ and LIVE singing which was too difficult for everyone to resist getting on the Dance floor. Song after Song, it just kept going until almost past midnight. The event finally ended with an awesome romantic song to which our members danced with their loved ones. It was truly a MAST evening !!!
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Cheti Chand (چيٽي چنڊ) is an important festival celebrated as New Years day by the Sindhi Community worldwide.
Most Sindhis will be celebrating Cheti Chand in 2016 on April 8th, while some will be celebrating it on April 9th, depending on their geography.
Sindhi Association of Metropolitan Chicago celebrated Cheti Chand on April 2nd, 2016.
According to the Hindu Calendar, it is the second day of the month chaitra (i.e. a day after Ugadi and Gudi Padva, known as Chet in the Sindhi language. Hence it is known as Chet-i-Chand.
The Sindhi community celebrates the festival of Cheti Chand in honour of the birth of Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal, the patron saint of the Sindhis. This day is considered to be very auspicious and is celebrated with pomp and gaiety. On this day, people worship water – the elixir of life.
Followers of Jhulelal observe Chaliho Sahab. It suggests that for forty long days and nights they underwent rituals and vigil on the bank of the Sindhu river. In the evening, they worshiped Varun (Vedic deity of water and cosmic order), sang songs in his praise and prayed for solace and salvation. After 40 days of Chaaliho, the followers of Jhulelal celebrate the occasion with festivity as ‘Thanks Giving Day’ even till today.
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 Kalash (water jar) and a Nariyal (Coconut) in it, covered with cloth, Gul (flowers) and patta (leaves). There is also a Murti (statue) of Pujya Jhulelal Devta (Pujya=Worthy of worship, Devta=Deity).
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