Teej A Great Festival of Hindu Women
Kathmandu – Teej is the Nepalese famous fasting festival of Hindu women in Nepal. This festival falls in the month of August or early September. Married women celebrate this festival for the well-being of spouse and children and purification of one’s body and soul.
Dedicated to the goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva, the celebration is considered to be the worship of a married woman to her husband’s long life and a firm relationship between them. Unmarried girls also observe this festival fasting the whole day for getting a good husband in the future.
The three-day-long festival has great significance in the culture and festival of Nepal with unique activities like singing, dancing, and eating delicious foods. The red color is considered auspicious for women observing Teej fast and so most of the married woman dresses up in red clothes. Women gather in the Shiva temple and circumnavigate the Lingam adorned with flowers, sweets, and coins.
Traditionally, Teej used to be the festival of the reunion of married women with their maternal families, and the festival used to be the medium to express the feeling that they have had in their husband’s houses through the lyrical melodies which she sings and dance. But nowadays, the way of celebration has been changed and it has become a little bit modernized. The women in the city areas celebrate this festival a month before the actual date, there are different programs having feast and singing and dancing.
When is the Teej Festival celebrated?
Normally Teej festival falls either in late August or in early September according to the Gregorian calendar.
How to Celebrate Teej Festival?
Day 01: The first day of Teej Festival is Dar Khane Din
Teej food This is the first day of celebration and Dar Khane Din symbolizes the grand feast and observes heavy delicious feat on the eve of the festival till midnight.
Day 02: The second day of Teej Festival is The Fasting Day
Teej 2018 This is the second day of the Teej festival and women dress up in a beautiful red sari, adorned with ornaments, and go for rigid fasting the whole day. The fasting is done without a drop of water but nowadays water and fruits are preferred as per the health condition.
Day 03: The final day of Teej Festival is Puja (Rishi Panchami)
The final day of Teej is Rishi Panchami, the last day of the Teej festival and on this day women wake up early in the morning, do some ritual activities. On this day, the seven sages of the Hindu pantheon are worshiped by women in a belief that it will cleanse all sins of the previous year. They take a bath with the holy red mud and revered leaves of Datiwan. The bath signifies that women are forgiven for all the sins they have committed.
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