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Hariyali Teej 2016: Traditional Celebration of Hindu Festival and its significance in Hinduism

Hariyali Teej, a famous North Indian festival which has attained almost the same popularity as Karva Chauth.

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  • Legend of Hariyali Teej speaks about Goddess Parvati’s reverence towards Lord Shiva
  • In Hinduism, Hariyali Teej celebrates the bond of marriage
  • Observing fast and wearing colorful clothes are two highlights of the festival

As the name says itself, Hariyali Teej is about celebrating greenery and as per the Hindu calendar, this year in 2016, it is observed on Friday, August 5. Apart from marking the prosperity and growth, it also celebrated the significance or elevation of igniting love.

Hariyali Teej, a festival that has attained almost the same popularity as Karva Chauth and is called by varied names such as Shingara Teej, Chhoti Teej or Shravana Teej in India. This festival is marked by fasting on the day and it is celebrated to mark the significance of the marital bliss in India.

If you want to know more about the Hindu Festival, you are just at the right place! Knowing the festival in detail will certainly bring you closer to the significance of the festival in Hinduism.

There are three popular Teej(s) that are celebrated by women during Sawan and Bhadrapada months: 

  • Hariyali Teej
  • Kajari Teej
  • Hartalika Teej

A Brief history of Hariyali Teej:

One of the most celebrated festivals in India, Hariyali Teej celebrates the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, it’s considered as a day when Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife after 108 births and rebirths. For this reason, a woman fasts for the long life of their husband, while worshiping Goddess Parvati on this day. It’s also considered as a festival of devotion towards Mother Nature and family.

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Observance in India of Hariyali Teej:

Hariyali Teej is celebrated on the 3rd day of the first bright fortnight in the month of Shravan, hence the name Shravana Teej. Shravan usually falls between July-August, every year and marks the beginning of monsoon. It’s relation to the rainy season also verifies the name Hariyali which in turn means greenery; greenery after long periods of long dry summers. It usually falls two days before Panchami.

Celebration of Hariyali Teej:

Hariyali Teej celebrated by women.Image Source: Wikimedia commons
Hariyali Teej celebrated by women. Image Source: Wikimedia commons

Few words that relate to its celebration are swings, dancing, singing and fasting. In north India, one can witness women celebrating Hariyali Teej by wearing green bangles, jewelry, and colorful clothes. The married women observe fast for the well being of their husbands and the unmarried women fast for marital bliss. It’s a day that ends with dances and songs performed in the praise of Goddess Parvati.

The Indian cities where this festival is observed:

The cities that are considered the traditional areas for Hariyali Teej celebration are Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, and Haryana. Rajasthan ranks the highest when it comes to celebrating the festival with utmost joy and faith. In this state, processions of Teej Mata or Goddess Parvati are taken on the streets and one usually, see a large number of tourists flocking to get a glimpse of it. Performers occupy the streets of Rajasthan.

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Lastly, Hariyali Teej, a festival that witnesses fairs organized by local authorities and gifts exchanged by parents-in-law can only add vibrancy to a woman’s life, marking her devotion towards her family and husband.

– prepared by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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