Teej Festival

Teej is one of the great festivals of Nepal. It takes place in August or early September, however it is considered on September 8, 2013 as main day for this year.  The festival is a three-day long celebration that combines sumptuous feasts as well as rigid fasting for the Hindu married women and girls. With accordance of Hindu Legend, the Goddess Parbati fasted and prayed fervently for the great Lord Shiva to become her Husband. Touched by her devotion, he took her for his wife. Goddess Parbati, in gratitude sent her emissary to preach and disseminate this religious fasting among mortal women, promising prosperity and longevity with their family.

The first day of Teej is called the “Dar Khane Din” at where the married women & unmarried do gather into their parent’s house and start dancing and singing devotional songs. The jollity often goes on till midnight and eats the varieties of dishes before the morning start to feast for the next day. These women’s won’t take any things even a drop of water for almost 24 hours and will be ended up with some fruits & milk after they pray to the lord Shiva in the evening of day 2.

The third day of the festival is Rishi Panchami. After the completion of the previous day’s puja, women pay homage to various deities and bathe with red mud found on the roots of the sacred Datiwan bush, along with its leaves. This act of purification is the final ritual of Teej, after which women are considered absolved from all sins.

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