Here comes the Joyous festival of Teej, which holds a powerful traditional and cultural significance in India and Nepal. This year 3rd August 2019, is the date marked for the celebration. The festival plays a significant role in defining the true relationship of a married couple.
On this day, Women pray to and seek the blessing of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and keep a fast for the long life and well-being of their Husbands.
History of Teej
It is believed that the name, Teej was derived from a small red insect called ‘Teej’ that emerges from the earth in the monsoon season.
According to mythology, Goddess Parvati carried out fast for 108 years to prove her love and devotion for Lord Shiva. On this day, Goddess Parvati came to Lord Shiva’s abode, marking their union as husband and wife.
Some scriptures even say that Goddess was born 107 times before she was reborn as Parvati, and in her 108th birth, she was granted the boon to be the wife of Lord Shiva.
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The festival is marked by joyful celebrations by women, who enjoy swinging rides, song, and dance in groups. Women often apply henna tattoos and adorn themselves with jewelry and traditional Indian outfits. Special sweet, Ghewar is distributed as a religious offering (Prasad).
Girls engaged to be married receive a gift from their future in-laws one day before Teej. The gift consists of henna, bangles, a dress, and sweets. Married daughters are given gifts, clothes, and sweets by their mother. After the puja has been completed, they’re passed on to the mother-in-law.
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The significance of Teej
Women also seek the blessing of goddess Parvati for the wellness of their husband, children, and their own self. One of the most significant of Teej is that it helps in strengthening the relationship between married couples. Husbands show their love by gifting saree or other stuff to their wife.