The festival of Teej or Hariyali Teej falls in the month of August. Normally, Teej is celebrated on the third day of the Indian month Bhadrapada (Bhadrava) to welcome the monsoon season. According to the Hindu calendar, Bhadrapada is also known as Saavan that brings rain, good crops, and greenery everywhere. Women celebrate this festival by wearing green clothes. They dance, sing and worship goddess Parvati and seek her blessings. It is also a way of saying thanks to God for giving these resources.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva had accepted Goddess Parvati as her wife on this auspicious day. On the occasion of Hariyali Teej, women devotees pray for the good health of their kids and husband by observing fast for the entire day. Unmarried girls also observe fasting to get handsome husbands. Women costume themselves like the bride by wearing bangles, jewellery, new clothes. As per the ritual, they also gift sweets, dry fruits, silver, and clothes to their daughters-in-law.

 

Shinning Moon is considered auspicious and an essential part of the puja; women offer milk, curd, and flowers to the Moon God. In different parts of the country, this festival is celebrated differently. The Government of Haryana has declared this day an official holiday and organises multiple events. In Rajasthan, artists perform the dance on the streets. Punjabi women play swings and visit their friend and neighbours houses to wish them Happy Teej. This festival is known as Teeyan in Punjab, which means the beginning of monsoon. Every year, Hariyali Teej is celebrated at the famous Rock Garden in  Chandigarh.

 

Hariyali Teej is also celebrated in other states with different names. The festival is known as Kajal Teej/ Tay or Tayi in Telangana. In Goa, it is popular as Kevada Teej, in Gujrat Awra Teej, in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as Akha Teej.

 

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