Teej festival- the largest celebration of Hindu women in Nepal
Happy Teej to all Nepalese Women
Teej is a festival celebrated by Hindu women for marital bliss and for the long life of their husbands. The festival is a three-day-long celebration that combines sumptuous feasts as well as rigid fasting. Teej also celebrates the arrival of monsoon after a season of oppressive heat. “Teej” literally is a small red insect that comes out of the soil during rainy season.
The first day of Teej is called Dar Khane Din. On this day the women, both married and unmarried, mainly of Khas ethnicity, assemble for the Teej songs and dances, in their finest attire (wedding saris or other red fineries). Amidst all this, the grand feast takes place. The jollity often goes on till midnight, after which the 24-hour fast starts. The second day is the fasting day. Some women live without a morsel of food and drop of water while others take liquid and fruit. On this day, they dress in red and visit a nearby Shiva temple. The Pashupatinath Temple gets the highest number of devotees. The third day of the festival is Rishi Panchami.