Today is Teej, the festival for women in Nepal and is celebrated by most Hindu women on the 3rd day of Bhadra Sukala Paksha (according to Nepali lunar calendar). It generally falls in late August or early September. This year the Fasting day has fallen on today. I am from Newar cast so even though we are Hindu we don’t celebrate Teej but I still join Teej celebration in Sydney with my friends.
Teej is a day when woman fast for the whole day for marital bliss, well-being of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul. Married women fast for their husband’s long life, prosperity and long and strong relationship between them until death in this life and all the lives to come, while the unmarried pray for the perfect husband. Unless one is ill or physically unfit, fasting is followed by women and girls who have reached puberty.
Teej is a four-day-long festival in Nepal and each day has its own significance.
- First day is called ‘Dar Khane Din‘, the day to make merry.
- The Second day is a fasting day.
- The third day is purification day.
- The fourth day is ‘Rishi Panchami‘.
I wore my new red sari and tried my best to look like an authentic Nepalese woman with chura and tika and join my friends and family for an evening of fun.
Like every year, we celebrated Teej last Saturday with Dar, lots of yummy foods, dance, songs and lots of fun.
Sharing some of the photos from the day.
Wishing Happy Teej to all of you out there celebrating today. Have a great time and enjoy your day.
M from nepaliaustralian