About Teej Festival from DwarkaExpress
Teej is one of most auspicious festival in India celebrated by married women for the long age of her husband. Teej festival is celebrated by North Indian women (Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh) by observing fast and exchanging gifts. There are three types of famous Teej(s) which are celebrated during the hindi months Sawan and Bhadrapada are – Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej, Hartalika Teej. According to Roman Calender Sawan and Bhadrapada months are known as Varsha Ritu or monsoon period and the timing of these three Teej makes them more special to women folks.
This year Haryali Teej is on 17 August, 2015.
Akha Teej or Akshaya Tritiya and Gangaur Teej or Gangaur Tritiya (celebrated in Rajasthan) are not part of the above mentioned Teej.
Hariyali Teej falls on Shukla Paksha Tritiya in Shravana month and usually falls two days before Nag Panchami. Hariyali Teej is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Hariyali Teej falls during Sawan month which is the holy month to observe various fasts devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
On this day women pray and worship Goddess Parvati for conjugal bliss and happy married life. During Hariyali Teej married women visit their parents’ home, wear new clothes preferably green Sari and bangles, prepare swings and use it in pair while singing Teej songs.
Sindhara (सिंधारा) is a bucket of gift which is sent to the daughter and her in-laws by the parents of married girl. Sindhara contains homemade sweets, Ghewar (घेवर), Henna, bangles and other gifts etc. Due to custom of gifting Sindhara to the daughter and her in-laws during this Teej, Hariyali Teej is also known as Sindhara Teej.
Hariyali Teej is also known as Chhoti Teej and Shravana Teej. Kajari Teej which comes fifteen days after Hariyali Teej is known as Badi Teej.