Teej is a special Monsoon festival celebrated in the states of Rajasthan and Haryana, especially by the women folk who come out in numbers to celebrate the onset of monsoon. It is mainly dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her eternal union with her better-half, Lord Shiva – the Destroyer. This festival is mainly celebrated in the Western and Northern states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal, Uttarakhand and Delhi. It is a colorful celebration that marks the arrival of rain, clouds and the blossoming of nature. This is a festival of women who sing, dance and gather at one place with friends, family and relatives. The whole ambiance is colorful, happy and joyous with the women folk mainly wearing colorful traditional attires. They mostly wear Chiffon and Georgette sarees, as well as brightly colored Bandhani sarees that light up the surrounding environment. The Rajasthani women wear red, orange, yellow and pink sarees that looks extremely vibrant and colorful. You must visit Rajasthan during the festival of Teej, as the Marwari community celebrate this day with exceptional fanfare and enthusiasm. Young girls wear Henna or Mehendi in their hands and swing on the branches of the trees on handmade made traditional wooden swings.
It’s a Riot of Colors Everywhere
The colorful sarees, especially the traditional Bandhani sarees that the women folk wear during this festival brings out the true colors of India, that it is known for the world over. On this day, daughters receive gifts, as gifted by their mothers which include sarees, bangles, earrings, bindis, mehendi and payals. A special sweet preparation called “Ghewar” is made in every traditional household in rural Rajasthan that celebrate this festival of Teej with immense passion and fervor. Since it is the onset of monsoon, it is the natural colors of nature that is displayed in full bloom. In Punjab, women perform Gidda which is a traditional dance form of this Northern Indian state. Married women visit the houses of their relatives and receive gifts. In the entire rural India, especially in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, girls can be seen playing on swings that are tied to the branches of the trees, and they are in the most colorful attires, especially salwar kameez and Patiala suits. Elaborate processions are taken out in the streets of all major cities in Rajasthan by the women that come out in large numbers wearing colorful silk sarees. It is a spectacle worth seeing. So, this is a festival of joy, happiness, color, fragrance and of new life that monsoon brings with itself.