Hindu women across India, especially in North India, are celebrating Hariyali Teej today with much fervour. Women across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh adorn themselves in beautiful attires and jewellery on the auspicious day and pray for their husband’s long life. Haryali Teej is celebrated on the third day of the first fortnight of Shravan or Sawan month, usually between July and August of the Gregorian calendar. This year, Hariyali Teej 2017 falls on 26th July. Three symbolic Teej which are celebrated by women during Sawan and Bhadrapada months are
Hariyali Teej ( which falls on 26th July), Kajari Teej (10th August) and Hartalika Teej (24th August).
Traditionally, ghevar (or ghewar), a Rajasthani sweet, is commonly associated with the celebrations.
Hindus believe Teej is a festival that celebrates the reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. According to the scriptures, goddess Parvati observed a strict fast and took 108 births to attain Lord Shiva as her beloved consort. Following the same tradition, married women also observe ritualistic fasts to pray for the well-being and long life of their husbands. Hariyali Teej falls during Sawan month, which is the holy month to observe various fasts devoted to Lord Shiva. For the followers of Shiva and Parvati, the month and the festival holds a very significant position.
The Hariyali Teej 2017 Vrat or Fast
Married women gather and worship Goddess Parvati for a happy married life. Some visit their parents’ home, and adorn themselves in new clothes and accessories like red or green saris, green bangles, etc. Huge swings are decorated for women who swing while singing traditional Teej songs, followed by Teej folklore, usually narrated by older ladies.
In certain traditions sindhara, a bucket…