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Hartalika Teej – The Greatest Festival of Hindu Women

Teej in Nepal

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 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 worship of married woman to her husband’s long life and firm relationship between them. Unmarried girls also observe this festival fasting whole day for getting a good husband in future.

The three day long festival has a great significance in the culture and festival of Nepal with the unique activities like singing, dancing and eating delicious foods.  Red color is considered auspicious for women observing Teej fast and so most of the married woman dress 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 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 houses through the lyrical melodies which she sing 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. The songs are now published 2-3 months before in television, radios and online media like Facebook, twitter and youtube. Every year hundreds of songs are released targeted to the Teej festival, nowadays folk songs have been popular among the Nepalese ladies.

When Teej Festival is Celebrated?

After the vibrant festivals like Janai Purnima and Gai Jatra, teej festival falls either in late August or in early September according to Gregorian calendar. This year it is in September 12, 2018 (Bhadra 27, 2075 according to Nepali calendar).

How to Celebrate Teej Festival Celebrated?

Day 01: Dar Khane Din – The first day of Teej Festival

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 festival till to midnight.

Day 02: The Fasting Day – The second day of Teej Festival

teej 2018 This is the second day of Teej festival and women dress up in beautiful red sari, adorned with ornaments and go for rigid fasting whole day. The fasting is done without a drop of water but nowadays water and fruits are prefered as per the health condition.

Day 03: Puja (Rishi Panchami) – The final day of Teej Festival

Teej Final day This is the last day of Teej festival and on this day women wake up early in the morning, do some ritual activities. On this day, the seven sages of 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 from all the sins they have committed. After this they sit in a semicircle while a priest sitting in the middle chants devotional prayers.

Teej Festival Pictures

Ladies celebration teej festival at Balkot, Bhaktapur on thursday.POST PHOTO/PRAKASH TIMILSENA/KANTIPUR
Women dancing to celebrate Haritalika Teej Festival at at Pashupatinath ,Katmandu, on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Women celebrate the festival by fasting, singing, dancing and offering prayers to Lord Shiva.Photo : Dinesh Gole / Nagarik / Republica /

Teej in Pashupatinath

Pictures Credit: Dinesh Gole

Teej and Selfie

Selfie is very common and popular among the youth and the people who carries smartphones. On the ospicious occasion of Teej, we saw some group of women taking selfie during the celebration of the festival at Pashupatinath. Tea Time Music Pvt Ltd presented a selfie folk song for the Teej festival and the song is being popular among the young. Basanta Thapa and Laxmi malla are the singers of the new song “Selfie”.

Selfie Pictures From Pashupatinath

Women using their smart phone during Haritalika Teej Festival at at Pashupatinath ,Katmandu, on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Women celebrate the festival by fasting, singing, dancing and offering prayers to Lord Shiva.Photo : Dinesh Gole / Nagarik / Republica /
Women taking selfie during Haritalika Teej Festival at at Pashupatinath ,Katmandu, on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Women celebrate the festival by fasting, singing, dancing and offering prayers to Lord Shiva.Photo : Dinesh Gole / Nagarik / Republica /
Women taking selfie during Haritalika Teej Festival at at Pashupatinath ,Katmandu, on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Women celebrate the festival by fasting, singing, dancing and offering prayers to Lord Shiva.Photo : Dinesh Gole / Nagarik / Republica /

Selfie Teej Video Song by Tea Time Music Pvt Ltd.

Celebrity and Teej Festival

Nepali Film Actress Garima Panta
Nepali Versatile Pubic Choice Singer Indira Joshi
Nepali Talented Film Actress Namrata Shrestha
Nepali Film Actress Nandita KC
Nepali Folk Singer Nisha Sunar
Nepali Most Talented Film Actress Priyanka Karki
Nepali Film Actress Pooja Chand

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(1) Comment

  1. Satish

    Happy Haritalika Teej 2075 to all Nepalese women. Happy Red color day.

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