Monsoon showers and the occasion of Hariyali Teej gave Tricity an exuberant aura to celebrate the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The significance of this day lies in the fact that according to Hindu mythology, the love and dedication of Goddess Parvati were accepted after she took 108 re-births to marry Lord Shiva.
Another popular belief associated with this day is that fasting and performing certain rituals will bless women with a happy married life. Haryali Teej is significant with the colour green which represents the greenery brought by the monsoon festival in the life of each woman. Mostly celebrated by married Hindu women in Northern and Western parts of India, this day is marked with dressing up in traditional outfits and praying for the well-being of their husbands. This day is celebrated in many different places in many ways. In Punjab, Teej is known as Teeyan. Women wear new clothes and bangles, apply henna on their hands, can be seen dancing dance and enjoying on the swings to celebrate the day.
Also called as Shravan Teej this day is celebrated on the third day of the first fortnight of the Hindu month of Shravan, beginning from August 13 at 8:38 am and is set to end at 5:46 on August 14.
Traditionally, the day is also celebrated by sending gifts to daughter’s house by the mother and in-laws, and to other girls and women of the house are also gifted by the rest of the members. The Tricity celebrates this day with many events like singing competition, mehndi events and dance shows for the most important part of the society- women, to enjoy this day.
Happy Teej to all the Women!