Teej is the holy festival primarily celebrated by Nepali women all over the world. Also known as Haritalika Teej, the three days long festival is celebrated by worshipping Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati for the wellbeing of spouses and the purification of one’s body and soul. Teej usually falls on the month of Bhadra (late August to early September) and the day is a public holiday in Nepal but only for women.
Teej is also the day to celebrate the reunion of Lord Shiva and Devi Parbati. Unmarried women also fast and worship Lord Shiva on Teej in the hopes of finding a husband like Lord Shiva. Women are usually dressed in red traditional attire for this day. They wear bangles, tika and other ornaments and dance to folk Nepali music.
The first day of Teej is called Dar Khane Din which means a day to eat a big feast. Women gather with close family and friends on the eve of the fasting day and eat a delicious meal known as Dar so that they can fast the whole day, the next day, without even drinking the water.
The second day is the main Teej celebration day. Thousands of women flocks to Shivalayas all over Nepal to worship Lord Mahadev and seek blessings. The Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu is visited by more than 500,000 women on this day. Most of the women go without food or water for the entire day while some eat fresh fruits and water at the end of the day.
The last day of Teej is Rishi Panchami. Women take a sacred bath and worship the seven Rishis by providing them with various gifts in the hopes of purifying their bodies and soul.
In Australia, the Nepali community organizations in a different state have been organizing Teej cultural programs for many years. Throwing house Dar party to all your friends and families many days before the Teej festival is also common.
However, with New South Wales and Victoria in lockdown right now due to COVID-19, many aren’t able to celebrate Teej the way they want. The tight lockdown restrictions on household gatherings have forced many to find alternative ways to celebrate the festival during a pandemic. Teej celebrations parties and events are now happening online on Zoom. People are now celebrating by dancing and eating a meal together online from their own homes. Despite the pandemic, people are still celebrating together albeit on a video call.
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