Teej Festival in India | Rituals & Importance
Teej festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion by girls and ladies in India. Since Teej festival comes in the month of July or August, Tij is also popularly known as the ‘Hariyali Teej’ . Festival of Teej is dedicated to the divine couple – Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Though Teej festival is celebrated at various places in India and abroad but major Tij festival celebrations take place in the highly cultural cities of Rajasthan and Haryana. Teej is a fasting festival for Hindu women because they keep fast for the well-being of their husbands.
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Types of Teej Festival celebrated:
There are three types of Teej festival :
- Hariyali Teej – Hariyali Teej falls in the Shukla Paksha of Shravana. On this day, women worship moon with milk, curd and flowers. Hariyali Teej is also called Teejan. Hariyali Teej signifies greenery , so women wear green coloured dresses and bangles. Women sing and dance on various Hariyali Teej songs.
- Hartalika Teej – Hartalika Teej falls on the third day of the first fortnight of the month of ‘Bhadra’. At the time of Hartalika Teej, women keep ‘Nirjala Vrat’ for well – being of their husband.
- Kajari Teej – Kajari Teej falls on Krishna Paksh Tritiiya. On this day, women sing and dance and perform sacred pooja of neem. Kajari Teej is identified with blackish shades of clouds during the monsoon season.Women sing various Kajari songs in praise of Lord Krishna.
Rituals of Teej festival :
At the time of Teej, certain rituals and customs are followed by women , in order to be blessed by Goddess Parvati. Married women return back to their parents house to celebrate the festival of Teej. Teej is considered very auspicious for married and engaged women to receive Teej gifts from their parents-in-law and to be parents-in-law. Future in-laws of engaged girls gift them ‘Shrinjhara’ (a gift pack) which consists of henna, lac bangles, a special laheria dress and ghewar (a sweet dish). Other gifts are also received by women from their relatives and in-laws.
Importance of Teej festival :
Teej festival is very important festival. There are two vital factors that govern its celebration.
- First is that Teej is a monsoon festival.
- Second is that Teej relates to the most popular legend of Shiva-Parvati.
Celebration of Teej festival in India :
Teej is celebrated mainly by girls and women , on this occassion, they wear colourful dresses such as red and green and dress up like newly weds. They wear colourful bangles and apply henna /mehandi on their hands.
Now come to food, food consists of Ghevar, Kaju katli, Besan Laddu, Sattu and Dal Bati Churma.
Men give gifts to their wives on Teej festival. Here are some Teej gift ideas for wife-
- pearl earrings,
- designer saree,
- gold jewellery,
- hand bag .
Teej festival sms greetings and wishes :
To wish on this auspicious occasion, here are some sms greetings, wishes and quotes to wish your family and your loved ones –
- May the festival of Teej fill your life with ecstasy, ensure well-being of your spouse & children & purify your body and soul. “A very Happy Teej”.
- May the swings of joy fill your heart with love, happiness and abundant fortune! Happy Teej
- May the divine light of god spread into your life peace , prosperity , happiness and good health. Happy Teej!
- May Lord Vishnu bless you with wealth and prosperity on the occasion of Teej.
- Teej day is meant to celebrate , the goals and achievements that make your life full of happiness. The idols you believe in , the dream you love the best………Happy Teej!