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So how is Jude Sheetal celebrated in Bihar and Jharkhand

The celebration of Odia new year, Pana Sankranti, also happens to fall on the same day as Jude Seetal. Festivals like these portray India's secularism and culture of which each Indian will be always proud of.

April 14, 2021: Jur Sital, also spelt as Jude Sheetal, marks the New Year for Hindus from the Mithila region.

The Hindu calendar year is based on Nakshatra (the movement of the Sun relative to the stars). In contrast, the Western Gregorian calendar is based on the tropical year (cycle of seasons). Chaitra is the first month of the new year, according to the Hindu calendar. The new year is celebrated on the first day of the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar. Prathama is known as Pratipada in West Bengal, Odisha and Western India (Maharashtra, Konkan, Goa).

According to Hindu Panchang, Chaitra Shukla Pratipada Tithi will start from 8 am on April 12 and will continue till 10.17 am on April 13.

In India, Chaitra Navratri will begin from 13 April 2021 and will end on 22 April 2021.

Jude Sheetal: The meaning

It is celebrated on the first Baisakh day of Maithili New Year under Bikram Sambat calendar.

The festival gets its name from the words ‘jur’ meaning ‘staying connected’ and ‘sital’ meaning ‘cool’. People celebrate Jur Sital with utmost joy and enthusiasm.

It is celebrated on the first Baisakh day of Maithili New Year under Bikram Sambat calendar.

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Dates on the Maithili calendar

April 14 is also considered to be the first day of the traditional Tirhut almanac, which is followed by the Maithili community of India and Nepal. The festival gets its name from the words ‘jur’ meaning ‘staying connected’ and ‘sital’ meaning ‘cool’.

People celebrate Jur Sital with utmost joy and enthusiasm.

Maithili calendar begins on the same date, with Baisakh as the first month of the year. It is also observed by most traditional calendars in India such as Tamil Nadu, Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Orissa, Punjab, Tripura and even in Nepal.

Also read: Bring it on for Bohag Bihu 2021: Date, importance and significance of Bihu Festival

The rituals of Jude Sheetal

Mithila people worship the chulha aka the traditional mud stove.

They also take a bath early in the morning and after the puja, the elder member of the family sprinkle droplets of holy cold water on the younger ones. On this occasion in Mithila people consume badi – bhaat prepared a day before.

In this Maithili festival people donate earthen pitcher containing water to brahmins.

However, amid coronavirus lockdown, people are keeping the celebrations toned down. Instead, they have gone heavy on exchanging greetings and messages to family and friends.

The celebration of Odia new year, namely Pana Sankranti also happens to fall on the same day as Jude Seetal.

Festivals like these portray India’s secularism and culture of which each Indian will be always proud of. Here is wishing you all a happy Jude Seetal and Pana Sankranti from our Ends.

By Nilofar Naaz

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