Today, 11 April 2013 is Cheti Chand, Sindhi New Year, Sant Jhulelal Jayanti. Generally, it falls on the first or the second day of Chaitra Month as per Sindhi Calendar (Sindhi Tipno). In some places, Cheti Chand 2013 is celebrated on 12 April.
Cheti Chand festival is similar to other Hindu New Year festivals like Ugadi (Telugu New Year and Kannada New Year) celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, and Gudi Padwa (Marathi New Year) celebrated in Maharashtra. Cheti Chand is celebrated as a commemoration of birthday of Sindhi patron saint Jhulelal.
On Cheti Chand Sindhi people celebrate their special rituals with utmost gaiety and pomp. Sindhi devotees carry Jhulelal devta to nearby lake or river along with Baharana Sahib (consists of Jyot, Mishri, Phota, Fruits, and Akha).
On Cheti Chand day, when you want to wish a Sindhi a Happy New Year, then say ‘Cheti Chand jyon Lakh Lakh Wadayun Athav, which means laks of wishes for Happy Cheti Chand.
When he wants to reply, he says ‘Tohan khe bhi Cheti Chand jyon Lakh Lakh Wadayun Athav, which means I wish you the same.