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Today is Teej, my best wishes to you all.
Teej is a very important festival in Rajasthan, mainly amongst the Marwari community. It is celebrated in the months of July-August marking the advent of monsoons. It has great significance in Rajasthan as it is observed to provide relief from the scorching heat of summer. Thus, it is popularly called the Sawan Festival.
The significance of Teej comes from two main reasons, first, the advent of monsoons and second, the union of Shiva- Parvati.
- As per Hindu mythology, this day is associated with the victory of a wife’s devotion towards her husband. Women across India, especially in Rajasthan, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh observe a Nirjal Vrat for their husbands.
- Teej means advent of monsoons, thus, women enjoy this break from heat and daily chores with swings and songs.
- Married women generally visit their parents place and receive gifts from their in-laws and spouse.
- On the day of Teej, women pay special attention to their appearance by wearing colorful Leheria Sarees and applying henna on their hands.
How do you celebrate Teej?