Teej (local festival celebrated in Nepal)

Teej is a festival celebrated in August  or early September in various parts  of Nepal and India. Married women celebrate this festival for the welfare of  their husband .On the contrary,young girls celebrate for the desire of good husband. In this festival, women wear new red sari and keep fasting for whole day.They even don't drink water.It is believed that doing Nirjara Vrat on this  festival keep the life of their husband long and also healthy and prosperous. This festival is celebrated for three days not only for the welfare of their spouse but also for the well-being of their children and purification of their own body and soul.This is a festival of swing, singing and dancing.Women  pray for whole night and stay alive. They shows their full devotion towards Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Their is faith that Goddess Parvati commemorating her union with Lord Shiva after celebrating this festival.They sing  hymns and songs in the temple of Lord Shiva and Parvati. They light diyo for whole day and night and on early next morning they throw all the prayer materials near the river. The first day of Teej is called' Dar Khane Din'.On this day both married women and unmarried girls eat varieties of food and then have dancing and singing. They move to Pasupatinath temple and their they enjoy by singing, dancing offer flowers, sweets and coins to Sivalingam.

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