Teej Festivals

Teej Festivals 

The word 'Teej' literally means 'Tritiya' i.e. the third date of a lunar month.

Therefore Teej falls on the third day after the moonless night (Amavasya) of
Shraavana (rainy season) month.

Teej is a festival celebrated in many states of India (mainly in northern and central India) and by Khas women of Nepal. It is observed by married women for wellness of their husband.

The festival of Teej is celebrated with ultimate thrill and enthusiasm in Rajasthan. 

Teej festivity is observed with much fanfare by women in North Indian states, especially in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. 

The festival is dedicated to the divine couple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In Rajasthan Teej is the festival of swings. It marks the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan which mainly falls in August. When the rain fall on the thirsty land and the pleasing fragrance of the wet soil spread into the air. In the festival of Teej swings are hung from trees and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the arrival of the monsoon. This festival is celebrated in Jaipur with great enthusiasm.

Teej Festival Dates in 2014:

Hariyali Teej Festival Dates in 2014: Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Kajari or Kajli Teej Festival Dates in 2014: Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Hartalika Teej Teej Festival Dates in 2014: 28 August 2014

* Teej is also the festival swings. 
* Swings are an intricate part of the festival. Beautifully decorated swings are hung from trees on which the women folk swing and sing the traditional teej songs. 
* Many fairs are also organised in some places. 
* Women sing songs, swing and enjoy the festival with great joy.

In Rajasthan the festival of Teej is celebrated in three different ways and in three different weathers of the year.

Three famous Teej(s) which are celebrated by women during Sawan and Bhadrapada months are -

* 1. Hariyali Teej

* 2. Kajari Teej or Kajli Teej and

* 3. Hartalika Teej

Shravana month and Bhadrapada months currently coincide with Varsha Ritu or monsoon period and the timing of these three Teej makes them more special to women folks.

As this festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, in remembering her union with Lord Shiva thus women wear red and green sarees and all the jewellery which are considered auspicious for a married women. Goddess Parvati is worshipped by women of marital bliss and happiness. An enlarged procession is taken out in Jaipur for two days on the festive occasion which is watched by people in large numbers.

A day before this festival is celebrated as girls or ladies put on mehandi on their hands and eat ghewar and taken in a procession in the streets accompanied by singing, music, and dancing. 

Teej is an important festival amongst the baniya and marwari community all over the country. In this area women are also given bangles and bindis. Swings are also put on trees for the entertainment of young girls. 

Unlike the other states and communities amongst the baniyas and marwaris, the festival is meant as a celebration for women especially young girls. 

Girls of the house wear new clothes. A special lunch is arranged by the women of the house for the women in the house which is indeed a fun part. It is the traditional women’s day of the community. It is usual for mothers-in-law to give the newly married daughter-in-law a piece of jewellery on her first Teej after marriage. 

The festival of Teej great devotion and lifelong prosperity for their husband. 

Both married and unmarried women perform the many joys and rituals of the Teej Festival to make it bright and exciting.



* Women worship the moon on Hariyali Teej with an offering of milk and flowers. 

* On Kajari Teej women frolic around, singing, dancing and rejoicing after the tradition of worshipping the neem tree. 

* Women fast for their husbands on Hartalika Teej.


Other Teej festivals like Akha Teej  (Akshaya Tritiya) and Gangaur Tritiya are not part of above three Teej(s). 


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