Indore: Leaving behind their heart and homes during partition of India in 1947, the Sindhi community has struggled to maintain their existence. Despite numerous struggles, the community celebrates its inheritance and lessons from the Indus Valley civilisation.
Descendants of people of Mohen-jo-Daro, Sindhis have received their name from River Sindh? An annual festival of Thadri celebrates sweetness of the river that saved their lives and reminds them of lessons of Mohen-jo-Daro. According to the scriptures, the city was abandoned around 1900 BCE (Before Common Era) around Rakhi.
A week after Rakhi, the festival of Thadri is celebrated motivating people to accept struggle as an adventurous part of life. Thadri was celebrated with fervour in the city on Sunday this year. Free Press talked to community members about celebrations and importance of the festival.
Fest teaches positivity – Bhavika and Mukesh Nagwani
We cannot control natural disasters and many situations in life. The way people are suffering floods in Kerala now, Sindhis have suffered floods and wars. Teaching us to be positive and loving despite harsh situations, our ancestors began celebrations of Thadri. When children questioned cold food, it was turned into a theme party.
No kitchen means fun family time – Kiara and Dilip Bijlani
Thadri has been our favourite festival since childhood, because it is fun. Nobody has to cook on the day and we can all spend time together. We generally plan get-togethers and picnics. This year is especially fun, because Thadri came on Sunday.
Curing chicken pox, sores and other diseases- Shalini and Anil Khiyani
Thadri is not just a festival of changing our food platter. It is a prayer that cools down angry Goddess. Many people lost their lives due to chicken pox in Mohen-Jo-Daro. There were others problems as well, but chicken pox was not curable that time.
People prayed and finally came up with a solution that works till date. Thadri literally means cold. The cold food platter is used in the prayer to Shitala Devi. The goddess is believed to cure chicken poxes, sores, ghouls and other diseases.
Remembering lessons of survival – Mahima and Rakesh Hotwani
We have progressed and adopted all traditions and languages of the world. However, we are trying to hold on to some of teachings that help us in survival. Thadri is one such festival. It teaches us dishes that can survive for over a week without getting stale. Further, it helps in reminding us of our rich history.
Boosting immunity –Heena and Deepak Chabriya
Thadri is an important festival that helps us in boosting immunity in our body. Personally, we have so many wonderful memories of this festival. It is a tradition to prepare traditional dishes like ‘lola’ and ‘koki’ and have collective meals. The food is prepared a night before and fertilised overnight. This fertilised food helps in boosting immunity of our body.
Sharing with ‘Thadri ka Dinh’ – Mona and Kailiash Nagwani
Sindhis have spread all over the world due to different reasons, majorly for survival. In order to stay connected with our surroundings and people, we always take part in every celebration. In this festival, we have ‘Thadri ka Dinh’. It is a collection of gifts, fruits and other delicacies that are given to young members of the family and sent to relatives and neighbours.