TEEJ: A UNIQUE AND SPARKLING FESTIVAL OF NEPAL
Teej Festival is popularly known as Dar khane din or nachney, gaune and barta basney (means having grand feast, dancing and fasting) festival specially observed by Nepali Hindu women. It takes place in August or early November. The festival is celebrated three days long followed by feast dance and a rigid fasting. It is rigid in the sense while taking fasting women even don’t drink water for whole day and end up their fasting when their husband offer water to break the fasting.
Through this religious fasting, Hindu women pray for marital delight, good health and happiness of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul. Traditionally, the ceremony of Teej is mandatory for all Hindu married women and girls who have reached puberty. Exception is made for the ones who are ill or physically frail. In such circumstances a priest performs the service.
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