Teej 2017: Women Adorn For The Nuptial Swing!
The festival of Teej is celebrated to welcome the arrival of clouds and rain, greenery and birds with some activities, rituals and customs. This grand festival is celebrate 4 times in a year. It is mostly observed by the northern and western states of India. Keep on reading this article to know the dates and other dates of teej...
Teej : What Is Teej?
India gives a touch of divinity to the the bond of marriage, where many festivals are celebrated to honor the nuptial knot. Teej festival is approaching and we are here to let you know everything about Teej. Let's start by knowing what actually Teej is.
Teej is also known as Tay, Baya, and many more. However, there are four major types of Teej festivals celebrated in India. Before proceeding further to know more about Tay, Baya, or Teej, let's know the dates of Teej festival in 2017 according to the Hindu calendar.
Teej 2017 Dates
|Akha Teej 2017||Friday||April 28||Tritiya|
|Hariyali Teej 2017 / Singhara Teej 2017||Wednesday||July 26||Tritiya|
|Kajari Teej 2017||Thursday||August 10||Tritiya|
|Hartalika Teej 2017||Thursday||August 24||Tritiya|
Above given are the most common names of all four Teej festivals to be celebrated in 2017. We hope that the Teej 2017 dates will help you to consider the festival of Teej meticulously.
Now, let's take a descriptive look at the different forms of Teej.
Teej : Different Forms Of Teej
Following are the various forms of Teej festival that are celebrated in India and around the globe:
Akha Teej : The Celebration Of Auspiciousness
Akha Teej, also known as Akshaya Tritiya, is celebrated on the third day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) during the Hindu month 'Vaisakha'. It is believed that any auspicious task performed on the day of Akha Teej brings positive results.
Teej Vrat is also observed by the devotees on the day of Akha Teej. If Akha Teej falls on a Monday, the fast observed is considered to be extremely auspicious and beneficial for the devotees.
The day of Akha Teej is also known as Nabanna Parvam, meaning the new-grain festival. It is believed that the Sun and Moon are at their extreme point of brightness on the day of Akha Teej or Akshaya Tritiya. The day of Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be very prosperous for the business community of India. Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be an auspicious day to start new ventures. The donations of rice grains, salt, sugar, fruits, vegetables, tamarind, and clothes are considered to be holy on the day of Akha Teej.
Hariyali Teej : Greenery Drapes The Earth
Festival of Hariyali Teej takes place on the third day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Shravana. The day of Hariyali Teej marks a special significance in the lives of married women. On this day, women perform Teej Vrat and pray for their husbands' longevity. The festival of Hariyali Teej is very popular in parts of North India, where it is celebrated in a great fashion. During the day of Hariyali Teej, women spend their day singing and dancing. Swings are also hung for them. On this day, people offer gifts to their married daughters. A number of food delicacies are also prepared on the day of Hariyali Teej. Women also apply Mehendi to their hands, as this is a tradition.
There are certain deeds which disrupt the harmony in a marital bond. Following are some of them:
- Betraying the husband
- Telling lies and misbehavior
- Backbiting about others
On Hariyali Teej, a woman takes a pledge of not getting involved in the above mentioned deeds, so that they experience a stable marital life ahead.
Hariyali means 'greenery', as the earth gets renewed after a hot summer in the Sawan month; hence, its name. Now, it's our turn to know about Kajari Teej.
Kajari Teej : The Day When Teej Turns Musical
The day of Kajari Teej falls during the third day of Krishna Paksha (dark half) in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad. Kajri means 'the song of separation'. On the day of Kajari Teej, people ride boats and sing Kajari songs. This is considered to be a special occurrence during rainy season.
During Kajari Teej, swings are also hung from trees. A number of food delicacies are prepared at homes. In rural areas, Kajari Teej is popular as Teeja. The day is also known as Buddhi Teej. On this day, cows are also worshiped. Kajari Teej is very popular in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Married women observe a fast (Teej Vrat) on the day of Kajari Teej.
Kajari Teej is also known as Kajli Teej. On Kajari Teej, rituals are celebrated in a holy manner with Kajari songs.
Hartalika Teej : Women Celebrate Marital Bliss
Hartalika Teej is celebrated on the third day of Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. The day of Hartalika Teej is widely celebrated in the northern and western parts of India. On the day of Hartalika Teej, idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are carved out of mud and worshiped by the devotees. Houses are decorated on this day by the members of the family.
The day of Hartalika Teej is considered to be very special for women. It is believed that if a woman performs Hartalika Teej Vrat, she is gifted with a husband possessing the qualities of Lord Shiva. Let's know why this day is known as Hartalika Teej.
Hartalika is the amalgamation of two words, 'Harat' and 'Alika', which means abduction by a friend. As on the same day, Goddess Parvati was kidnapped by her friend and taken to a dense forest, hence its name.
As similar to other Teej days, women observe Teej Vrat on this day. The day is devoted to the divine bond of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The day of Hartalika Teej is considered with great devotion by the followers.
Now, as you know the dates for celebrating Teej and the types of Teej to be celebrated in 2017, let's find out that why we should celebrate the festival of Teej.
Teej : Why Should We Celebrate Teej?
Teej is one of the most popular festivals among women in India. Teej carries the significance of a woman's devotion toward her husband, where women observe the day of Teej festival with great severity. Through Teej, women pray for their husbands' well-being. This is the mannerism carried out by us on the day of Teej, but what is the real reason behind Teej celebrations? Let's know the legends of Teej, which initiated such a devoted observance on earth.
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati admired Lord Shiva and longed to marry him. Since, Lord Shiva is considered to be the divine symbol of maledom, Parvati had to prove herself to be the ideal wife for Shiva. To prove her devotion towards the Lord, Parvati observed a rigorous fast for 108 years, before she was accepted by Shiva as his wife.
As per ancient scriptures, Parvati was finally granted the boon to be Lord Shiva's wife in her 108th birth, that considered the long penance underwent by Parvati over many births.
Since then, the concept of Teej Vrat came to take place among the devotees, especially women. The festival of Teej is honored to Parvati, who is also known as 'Teej Mata'. The festival of Teej is honored to the divine union of Parvati-Shiva, to seek their blessings for a blissful married life. Similar to Parvati's strict devotion, women perform Teej Vrat.
Now, as you know why the festival of Teej is celebrated, let's take a look at how Teej is celebrated.
How To Celebrate Teej Festival?
Teej is a festival, which is exclusively observed by Indian women. On the day of Teej, married women are gifted Shringara by their parents. Shringar is a gift pack, which includes Mehndi, vermillion, bangles, Ghewar (Rajasthani sweet), and Lahariya (multi-colored Saree). These items signify a woman's marital status. During Teej festival, fairs are also conducted. Above all these preparations, the thing that has soon become a Teej synonym is the 'swing'. On Teej, swings are hung from trees, or even placed at the courtyards of houses. Women add more color to the palette of vibrancy by enjoying swing rides and hence, the day is spent singing and dancing. Teej Vrat is performed by women on the day of Teej festival.
Teej is celebrated in many parts of the country, including Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Haryana, etc. But, do you know that Teej is also observed across the Indian boundaries? Let's take a look at the celebrations of Teej in different parts of the country and abroad.
Teej : Teej Festival In Rajasthan
Teej is celebrated in Rajasthan in a royal fashion. Processions of Teej Mata (Parvati) are taken to streets, where Parvati is carried on a royal palanquin. The festival is observed for two consecutive days in the state
Swings are hung, and women spent their days in great enjoyment. Ghevar (oriental Rajasthani sweet dish) is a famous preparation during the Teej festival.
Teej : Teej Festival In Punjab
In Punjab, Teej is celebrated as Teeyan. In this state, women gather together to perform Giddha (a traditional Punjabi dance), which adds more gusto to the Punjabi flavor of Teej festival.
Married women receive gifts from their parents on the day of Teej. The festival of Teej adorns the state of Punjab with vibrant colors and everyone gets draped in the colorful mood. Women also enjoy their day, swinging in the nature's lap.
Teej : Teej Festival In Andhra Pradesh
Teej festival is celebrated in the state of Andhra Pradesh by the Banjara (nomads) tribe. Here, Teej is celebrated for over a week. Day 1 begins with unmarried girls putting wheat in a small bamboo basket.
On the 7th day of sowing, Teej festival is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh. All the bamboo baskets are thereby taken in procession, and immersed in the ponds.
Teej : Teej Festival Going Abroad!
The festival of Tay or Teej is celebrated with great zeal in Nepal. It is like a very major festival there. Nepali Teej is famous all around. The first day of Nepali Teej is known as 'Dar Khane Din'. On this day, people from Bahun and Chhetri sects assemble at one place and participate in singing and dancing. Nepali Teej continues for three days, and the final rituals end with the purification of human souls. Women also observe a Nirjala Teej Vrat (abstaining from water) for 24-hours. On the third and last day of Nepali Teej, married women are absolved from their sins.
Teej is a festival that rejuvenates a family bond, and has a twofold significance. Firstly, Teej is a festival that marks a woman's devotion toward her husband, symbolized by Shiva and Parvati. Second, Teej festival is celebrated in the month of Sawan, that gives us a break from the scorching heat of the summer.
Follow Teej and offer more devotion to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Your wish will surely be granted by the deities. Let Teej bring the fulfilment of utter desires and wishes in your life.
AstroSage wishes you a very Happy Teej..!