The festival of Teej is celebrated with ultimate thrill and enthusiasm in Rajasthan. The festival is dedicated to the divine couple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In Rajasthan Teej is the festival of swings. It marks the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan which mainly falls in August. When the rain fall on the thirsty land and the pleasing fragrance of the wet soil spread into the air. In the festival of Teej swings are hung from trees and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the arrival of the monsoon. This festival is celebrated in Jaipur with great enthusiasm.
In Rajasthan the festival of Teej is celebrated in three different ways and in three different weathers of the year.
As this festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, in remembering her union with Lord Shiva thus women wear red and green sarees and all the jewelry which are considered auspicious for a married women. Goddess Parvati is worshipped by women of marital bliss and happiness. An enlarged procession is taken out in Jaipur for two days on the festive occasion which is watched by people in large numbers. The Teej idol is covered with a cover whereas the Gangaur idol is open. The traditional Ghevar sweet is also associated with the festival.
A day before this festival is celebrated as girls or ladies put on mehandi on their hands and eat ghewar and taken in a procession in the streets accompanied by singing, music, and dancing. Teej is an important festival amongst the baniya and marwari community all over the country. In this area women are also given bangles and bindis. Swings are also put on trees for the entertainment of young girls.
Unlike the other states and communities amongst the baniyas and marwaris, the festival is meant as a celebration for women especially young girls. Girls of the house wear new clothes. A special lunch is arranged by the women of the house for the women in the house which is indeed a fun part. It is the traditional women’s day of the community. It is usual for mothers-in-law to give the newly married daughter-in-law a piece of jewelry on her first Teej after marriage. The festival of Teej great devotion and lifelong prosperity for their husband. Both married and unmarried women perform the many joys and rituals of the Teej Festival to make it bright and exciting.
Teej Festival Dates in 2014: 30 – 31 July 2014
Kajari or Kajli Teej Festival Dates in 2014: 12 – 13 August 2014
Hartalika Teej Teej Festival Dates in 2014: 28 August 2014