is the fasting festival of women in Nepal. It falls in the month of
August or early September. Married women observe Teej fast to honor Lord
Shiva and for long and healthy life of their husband. Unmarried girls
also observe fast on this day for a good husband. Teej celebrations
lasts for three pious days. Traditional dances and songs form an
important feature of Teej celebrations. Red color is considered
auspicious for women observing Teej fast and so most of them dress up in
red or bridal clothes.
Teej is an annual festival of Nepali women. The festival is celebrated
with utmost dedication and love by the women in Nepal. Preparations for
the festival begin well in advance. Fabric stores, sarees and suit
outlets are stocked with the bridal red color fabric. Women spend most
of the time shopping when Teej is near.
Teej festival celebrations are carried further with sumptuous feasts
and traditional performances. On this day, women dress up beautifully.
They clad themselves in red colored apparels, wear glass bangles, heavy
ornaments and apply henna. Teej gives women an opportunity to dress like
the newly wed. They worship the epitome of divine marriage - Lord Shiva
and Goddess Parvati, for longevity and prosperity for their husband and
Three Days of Teej
Teej is a three-day-long festival in Nepal and each day has its own
1. First day is called 'Dar Khane Din'
, the day to make merry.
2. Second day is a 'fasting day'.
3. The third day is called 'Rishi Panchami'
in Nepal which is a
perform Teej Puja.
Dar Khane Din
The first day of Teej in Nepal is called the 'Dar Khane Din'. On this
day, the womenfolk dressed in the finest clothed gather at one place and
perform traditional dance and sing devotional songs. A special food
called 'dar' is eaten. Celebrations continue till midnight after which
the 24-hour-long fast begins.
The second or the fasting day of the Teej festival is dedicated to
pujas and prayers. The holy Pashupatinath temple is thronged by women in
red sarees to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. Women gather in the temple
and circumambulate the Lingam (phallic symbol of the Lord) adorned with
flowers, sweets and coins. The beautifully decorated idols of Shiva and
Parvati are offered fruits and flowers to seek blessings of the divine
spirits. Lighting of an oil lamp is very important part of the puja
ceremony. It is said that the oil lamp should be kept lit all night to
avoid bad omen.
The third day of the Teej Festival is called Rishi Panchami. On this
day, the seven sages of the Hindu pantheon are worshiped by women in a
belief that it will cleanse all sins of the previous year. Womenfolk
take a holy bath with red mud found on the roots of the sacred Datiwan
bush, along with its leaves. After three hours of rigorous cleansing,
they come out purified and absolved from all sins. After this they sit
in a semicircle while a priest sitting in the middle chants devotional