Haritalika Teej

Teej is the fasting festival of women in Nepal. It falls in the month of August or early September. Married women observe Teej fast to honor Lord Shiva and for the long and healthy life of their husbands. Unmarried girls also observe fast on this day for a good husband. Teej celebrations last for three pious days. Traditional dances and songs form an important feature of Teej celebrations. The red color is considered auspicious for women observing Teej fast and so most of them dress up in red or bridal clothes. Teej is an annual festival for Nepali women. The festival is celebrated with utmost dedication and love by the women in Nepal. Preparations for the festival begin well in advance. Fabric stores, sarees, and suit outlets are stocked with the bridal red color fabric. Women spend most of their time shopping when Teej is near. Teej festival celebrations are carried further with sumptuous feasts and traditional performances. On this day, women dress up beautifully. They clad themselves in red-colored apparel, wear glass bangles, and heavy ornaments, and apply henna. Teej gives women an opportunity to dress like newlyweds. They worship the epitome of divine marriage - Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, for longevity and prosperity for their husband and family.

This year 2023, Teej going to be celebrated on 18 Septmber.