Teej

Teej is a popular festival celebrated by the Hindus marking the onset of the monsoon season. This is celebrated in various states of India as well as Nepal. According to the Puranas, it was said that Parvati worshipped hard to become the wife of Mahadeva.  When she was accepted as a wife by Lord Shiva on her 108th birthday, then that is regarded as a joyous occasion.  To celebrate the union of Lord Shiva and Parvatiji, Teej is celebrated in various forms.

There is a custom for Hindus in India that for newly married women, they come to their parent’s place and stay during this period. They occur during Teej and stay until Rakhii. Then they can commence their journey to their in-law house. This has been a custom and followed since many years till today.  Newly married women never want to miss a chance to enjoy their maternal house and get pampered by their parents, especially mothers.

Ladies gather to sing, dance, wear new clothes and jewelry.  The boys follow a tradition of flying kites. This is a joyous occasion and ladies enjoy swinging in simple rope made tree swings.  Ladies put on colorful bangles and bindi.  The onset of monsoon is even celebrated with Jhulan, which is a remembrance of Lord Krishna and her Gopis.  Nepal observes a great time when ladies queue to offer their worship to Lord Shiva in Pashupatinath temple. There are various ways and methods to celebrate this festival of welcoming monsoon differentiated by multiple names.

India is a colorful country with various festivals that glorifies its rich heritage. Food, carnival, drapings, and dance have been an inevitable part of our nation. Starting from concepts like Parvati wedding, the onset of monsoon or welcoming the daughter of the house, the main motto is enjoying with near and dear ones.

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