Teej is a very special festival for women who celebrate it to recall the reunion of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is famous especially in Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. During Bhadrapada and Shravan months, the festival of Teej is celebrated in three forms: Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej. Primarily, Teej is a common name for a number of festivities observed in Western and Northern India and Nepal.
Haryali Teej 2019
Haryali Teej holiday in 2019 falls on Saturday, 3 August 2019.
Haryali Teej is observed on the third day of the bright half of the Shraavana’s Lunar month. It is also referred to as Singhara Teej. The meaning of Haryali is greenery. It is believed that the earth will get wrapped in greenery after the summer season. Haryali Teej is an extremely important festival for newly married women who visit their houses and are presented with many items. Parents gift their daughter and her in-laws a bunch of gift called Sindhara. The gift will usually contain ghewar, homemade sweets, heena, etc.
On the festival day, folk songs, special dances, fairs and swings are being performed. Spiritual songs are also sung. Women will wear green clothes and perform a special pooja. In the state of Rajasthan, the marches of Goddess Parvati or Teej Mata will be taken on the streets. Haryali Teej in Haryana is an official holiday and the local government will schedule several functions to celebrate the day colorfully. Women will perform Gidda in Punjab while in Chandigarh, cultural events and plays are presented by students.
Kajari Teej 2019
Kajari Teej holiday in 2019 falls on Sunday, 18 August 2019.
Kajari Teej is also called Badi Teej. The Southern and Northern parts of country will celebrate this festival. The festival is observed in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. People celebrate the festival in order to welcome monsoon. Bundi, a city in Rajasthan, is popular for the festival. The city is beautifully decorated to celebrate the festival. The processions of Teej Mata are taken on the streets of Bundi.
Rituals during the festival of Kajari
- God Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshiped by women. On the day, women will wear new dresses and apply mehndi.
- In a few parts of the country, holy neem trees are also worshipped by women who gather in small clutches and perform the pooja under the direction of a priest.
- On the festival day, women will also observe a strict fast. They will not eat anything.
Hartalika Teej holiday in 2019 falls on Sunday, 1 September 2019.
Hartalika Teej is celebrated for three days in the month of Bhadrapada according to Hindu calendar. Married women and unmarried girls will pray to Teej Mata, who is Goddess Parvati. Girls hope to get a good husband like God Shiva. Women observe a waterless fast on these three days and worship the Goddess. It is believed that God Shiva fulfills the desires of the women who fast on the festival day. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar.