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Teej – The Festival Of Women

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Nepal is a multi cultural, multi ethnic, multi linguistic country and offer various cultures and festivals. Among those festivals, Teej is the one, which falls in Bhadra (Hindu Calendar), a Nepali Month. This festival is celebrated by all the Hindu women all over the Nepal and Nepalese Government declares a public holiday on the day.  This festival is related to the wellness and long life of their husband, as well as it is considered with the purification of their bodies and souls.

Well, Teej is celebrated for 3 days. The first day is known as “Darr Khaney Din”. All the married women and unmarried women gathered together in one place and feast, dance, sing. Especially this Darr is being taken at midnight on the first day.

The second day of the Teej is known as a fasting day. This day married and unmarried women wear Red, Green & Yellow colors including the jewelry and beads as their ornaments. This day these women visit the Shivalaya (Temples of Lord Shiva). Then they worship to Lord Shiva and his beloved (Parvati), as well as they offer flowers, fruits, and sweets to them and ask to bless their husband and families. This day all the women gathered and enjoy the day with folk songs and dance.

The third or final day is called Rishi Panchami. On this day, women worship of various deities, and then bath with red mud which is found on the roots of the sacred Datiwan (A kind of Plant). They use its leaves too. It is believed that this ritual will make one pure and sinless.

 

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