A festival popular among hindu Nepalese women
Teej (Also called Hari Talika Teej) is the most popular fastival celebrated by Nepalese women all across the world performing different holy and other activities. Married women go to their Maiti (Father and mother's home). It is observed by married women for the long life of their husband, marital happiness, well-being of spouse and children and purification of own body and soul. It is also celebrated by unmarried ones hoping to have best future husband. The folk music and dances enhance the beauty of Teej festival. It is a wonderful scene to see all the women dressed in "Red", dancing and singing on the street and going to temple in holy and fasting mood.
Teej is celebrated on 3rd day of Bhadra Sukala Paksha (according to Nepali lunar calendar). It generally falls in late August or early September. Teej is traditionally dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, remembering her union with Lord Shiva. It is a three-day-long celebration that combines splendid feasts as well as strict fasting.
The eve (first day of Teej) is called "Dar Khane Din". On this day all the family members especially the women, both married and unmarried gather at one place, in their finest outfits of red and start dancing and singing devotional songs mixed with Nepali folk and Dohori songs. They start their splendid feasts in the evening. They eat varieties of food heavily and the celebration even continues till midnight. From the midnight the strict 24-hour fasting begins.
The Second day (the fasting day) is the main day of Teej . Some women fast so strictly that they even don't eat a piece of food and drink single drop of water whole day during the fasting while while some others take liquid and fruit. On this day, they happily dress in red, married women wear their lagan ko pote, naththi, other jewelries and chadke tilahari ( jewelries are optional but chadke tilahari, laganko pote and natthi are said to be the most important) and visit a nearby Lord Shiva’s temple singing and dancing all the way. They worship lord Shiva offering flowers, sweets and coins with the hope of receieving blessings from God Shiva and Goddess Parvati for the husband and entire family.
On the third day morning, women get up early in the dawn and get cleaned and do the puja (worshiping) once again to the diyo and goddess Parvati. The most important part of this puja is a banana and holy basil (Tulsi patta) leaf. Only after this puja, women take solid food. This third day of Teej is Ganesh Chaturthati. Women eat curry made from Karkalo with pure food made with pure ghee.
Note: "Teej is a small red insect that comes out of the soil during the rainy season. It is believed that Teej got its name from the same red insect. That is why Teej is observed using Red colour."