Mahalaxmi Jo Sagado (Sagaro)
is one of unique and important festival in the Sindhi festival
calendar. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi, the
Goddess of wealth and being celebrated during the "Shiradhs" -
a time period of two weeks dedicated for paying homage to
forefathers. Celebration of festival starts with tiding "Sagaro"
a thread belt complied from raw thread with sixteen knots, on
wrist. On the eighth shiradh sagaro is untied.
To mark the end of festival a special worship prayer of
Goddess Mahalaxmi is conducted in near by temple where all the
ladies are gathered with sagara of all the family members.
Each Sagaro is rolled over the set of four "Puris" and for
each sagara set of two each Sori [sixteen pointed Tiki] and
Titar [with four points] are made and after the worship are to
be eaten by the family member concerned.
For this festival Tikyoon, Lola and Satpuda are prepared
in Sindhi homes. Satpuda socked in sweet milk is one of tasty
and social roots of Sindhis & Hindus goes to same origin
point in the Indus valley civilization. In the Hindu
calendar Shrawan or Shiravan month is treated as one of
the scared month and many Hindu festivals fall in this
month the same is with the festivals of Sindhis.
Thadadi is a sindhi festival celebrated in the month of
Shiravan and is dedicated to Goddess Sitala Mata, beside
the worshiping the Goddess on this day for keeping the
individuals protected from the fire of anger prayers are
also made for safeguarding of houses from the fire of
jealousy and anguish.
This festival also underline the importance perseverance
of food stuffs in human life, as on the this cocking
fire in the sindhi homes is kept rested and food cocked
on previous day is eaten.
On this day main food stuffs are the Mithuoon Kokiyoon
[sweet] prepared from wheat flour and sugar and
Chahiryoon Kokiyoon [Salted] prepared from Gram Dal
flour, green Chilies and salt with Curd, Pickle and some
other fried vegetables, though in recent times, in some
Sindhi homes "Pulav" is also cooked on previous night
for eating on day of Thadadi.