Time for Intricate Mehndi Designs, Eat Ghewar and Celebrate Festival of Teej

 

The skies are overcast with billowing clouds…

As the Indian monsoon drenches the parched earth…

Proud peacocks strut around showing off their plumage…

Swings are bedecked with fresh flowers and music is in the air…

Delicate patterns of mehndi are traced on the palms of coy brides…

Women in their finery gather together to sing, swing, dance and celebrate Teej festival

 

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Teej Significance…

Apart from ushering in the monsoon, the Teej festival also commemorates the love between the divine couple, Shiva and Parvati, for it was on Teej that they were united after 100 years of separation.

 

 

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Teej Celebrations…

Teej is a womens’ festival and is celebrated across three days. Women worship the moon on Hariyali Teej with an offering of milk and flowers. On Kajari Teej women frolic around, singing, dancing and rejoicing after the tradition of worshipping the neem tree. Women fast for their husbands on Hartalika Teej.

 

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The Teej Fast…

Some married women celebrate Hartalika Teej with a 24 hour long fast (without food or water). They pray collectively for their husband’s long life and good health. Fasting on this day is believed to strengthen the bonds of love between the married couple.

 

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Teej Rituals

Women often return to their parents’ home to celebrate Teej. The father-in-law is expected to give gifts to his daughters in law on Teej. The in laws gift the daughter in law the shringhar package consisting of henna, ghewar, lehariya saree, bangles etc

 

 

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Teej Katha…

The Teej katha encapsulates Parvati’s unflinching penance as the reason why she was  blessed with an ideal husband like Shiva. After the katha is narrated, women worship goddess Parvati by lighting an oil lamp and offer her fruits, flowers and coins to seek her blessings.

 

 

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Teej Mehndi…

Women adorn themselves by applying Mehndi and Alta, they wear bright coloured sarees or lehngas and dress up in bridal finery with sindhoor and heavy jewellery. Delicate patterns of henna are traced on clammy palms.

 

 

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Traditional Mehndi Designs

Professional mehndi walis trace intricate floral designs, intertwining vines and geometric patterns. Some choose to hide the husband’s name within the design, whilst paisley, parrot, peacock, lotus and flower trails remain ever-popular.

 

 

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Arabic mehndi patterns…

These are very popular of late and are distinguished by arches, swirls and floral silhouettes traced in a linear pattern, at an angle, on the hand in stead of covering the entire palm.

 

 

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Teej will be celebrated with great fervour, joy and enthusiasm across Rajasthan and North India on July 30th 2014.

 

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