Monday, August 17, 2015

Hariyali Teej - The Festival Of Greenery

Are you married and daily conundrums has left you forget your personal life? Do you crave for a happy relationship with your partner? Take a day break, celebrating this Hariyali Teej and get blessed with marital bliss. Read this article to know more about Hariyali Teej.

Hariyali Teej is a festival for making your beloved feel special. It is on August 17, 2015.

India is a land of festivals and cultural heritage. One such auspicious festival is Hariyali Teej which is celebrated on the onset of monsoons every year. Being dedicated to women, this festival showers blessings for marital gaiety and love from the partner.

As per traditional rituals, the festival is a cheerful event when women wear new and colorful clothes. They spend their entire day singing, dancing and swinging.

Why Married Women Should Celebrate Hariyali Teej?

Teej plays a significant role in determining the true nature of couple relationship. One ritual associated with the festival is to observe Nirjala fast for husband. A special feeling arose in husbands while they watch their wives fasting for them. The same feeling of devotion and commitment is reciprocated by the husbands after seeing their wives fasting for their longevity.

In return, husbands offer gift to their wives.Many a times, in order to compensate the straining of their wives, many husbands observes fast for their wives too.

This way Hariyali Teej plays a significant role in strengthening the bond of husband-wife relationship.

Date And Timings Of Hariyali Teej

According to Hindu Calendar, Hariyali Teej is solemnized on the third day of bright half moon in month of Shraavana or ‘Savan’.

August 17, 2015
Tritiya Tithi Begins = 00:40 on 17/Aug/2015
Tritiya Tithi Ends = 03:14 on 18/Aug/2015

Customs And Traditions Of Hariyali Teej

Hariyali Teej is celebrated with much gaiety and ethnicity in Northern India. Some traditions associated with this festival are:
  • Fasting: Women keep a day long fast for the well being of their husbands.
  • Dressing like brides: On the auspicious day, women get dressed in bright colored ‘Sarees’ and ‘Lehengas’.
  • Mehendi’ and ‘Alta’: Women embrace themselves with Mehendi and Alta, to look more beautiful.
  • Bangles: Women on this day, wear green bangles, that is also the color of greenery.
  • Swings: Swings are an important part of ‘Hariyali Teej’. Swings are slung on the long branches of trees and are often decorated beautifully with flowers and other colorful fabrics.
  • Puja: Puja is an integral part of the festival. Women worship goddess ‘Parvati’ who is also referred as ‘Teej Mata’. ‘Teej Katha’ is read and goddess is offered with fruits, flowers and coins. A ‘Deepak’ is kept lit throughout the night, which is also called ‘Akhand-Jyoti’
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Significance Of Hariyali Teej For Newly-Wed Brides

Newly wedded women return to their parent’s house on ‘Hariyali Teej’. They are also gifted shingara by their in-laws. Shingara consists of Henna, bangles, traditional dress known as Leharia, sweets, Sindoor (vermilion), and total sixteen adornments. These are often referred as ‘Solah Shringar’, in India. These adornments are the symbols of being married and are considered auspicious. Their is a belief that if women wore all these 16 adornments, her husband will stay protected.

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Feasting For Hariyali Teej

Since Hariyali Teej is a festival of merrymaking and gaiety, it could not be possible without sweets in India. There are some traditional sweets which are often consumed on the day as a part of the tradition. These are as follows;
  • Ghewar
  • Malpua
  • Nariyal and Mint Kheer
  • Nariyal Ladoos
  • Shir Sewain
  • Rang-Birangi Bhujiya
  • Besan Ladoos, etc.

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