Teej ro tyohaar aayo, laayo sawan ri bahar
: August 12 2014
Teej – is the Hindu festival in which women fast to pray Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to seek blessings for marital bliss. In literal sense, ‘Teej’ means third and so according to the Hindu calender the third day after the amavasya (moonless night) of shraavana (monsoon) month i.e. late July to early August is celebrated as Teej. Another name for this Teej is Hariyali Teej (Green Teej) as the surroundings become green after the onset of monsoon.
This festival is celebrated mainly in the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab as well as in Nepal in various forms. This festival has a major significance in Rajasthan since it is observed to provide relief from the blazing heat of summer. In fact, Rajasthan tourism also organizes a Teej fair by the name ‘Sawan Mela’ or ‘Monsoon Festival’ every year to exhibit the traditions and customs of the state.
The Teej festival is full of colourful celebrations, married women and young girls apply mehendi (henna tattoos). Beautiful jewellery and saris are adorned by women. A special sweet called Ghewar is prepared on this occasion and is distributed as the Prasad (a divine offering).
Now talking about saris and jewellery, green and red colour remain an all time favourite among the womenfolk during Teej. They are traditional, always pleasing to the eyes and never get old. At the same time the designs and options available these days are also not old.
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Written by : Anushree Acharya