Chetri Chandra is one of the most popular holidays in Rajasthan, India. Based on the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar, this two-day celebration marks the arrival of Spring and harvest. It also marks the birth of Uderolal, in the year 1007. Although Uderolal was known as a freedom fighter, he believed everyone of every faith deserved the same treatment.
For Cheti Chand, Hindus celebrate by cooking huge dinners, attending parties, listening to music and visiting temples where their favorite ishta devta is located. Some Hindus (mainly Sindhi Hindus) traditionally go to nearest body of water (lake or river usually) and take gifts with them.
These gifts include:
Misiri - granulated or crystal sugar
Fota - cardamom
Fal - fruits
Jyot - oil lamp
Other gifts include a water jar (commonly known as a kalash) and some nariyal (or coconut) wrapped in a cloth and covered with flowers and leaves.
Additionally, Cheti Chand promotes Chaliho Saheb, Baharana Sahib and Chet Chand wishes. And like most holidays including restricted holidays such as this one, most businesses are closed.
I am just discovering the holidays of Hinduism, including this one. Although this holiday isn't one I follow presently, I can admit that I appreciate it. To all of you who celebrate today, happy Cheti Chand day.