Saturday, 3rd August
Hariyali Teej 2019 in India
The western Indian state of Rajasthan is a popular destination amongst tourists travelling to India. It is particularly known for its colourfulness and festivals along with the amazing tourist spots that it offers. Jaipur the capital city that is part of the golden triangle along with New Delhi and Agra makes for a must-visit spot for every traveller, travelling to North India. Jaipur is of particular interest for people since it has so much to offer to a tourist. Traditional Indian forts, royal palaces, food and shopping make it a tourist’s dream destination.
If you are an avid traveller and travelling through the city during the monsoon, then you should definitely experience the beautiful Teej festival celebrations. Jaipur celebrates the festival in its own special way, which marks the onset of the monsoon season. There are song and dance in the air and colour all around the festival.
As per popular mythological tales, it is said that it was on this day that Goddess Parvati got reunited with Lord Shiva after a long period of separation. It is believed that you earnestly pray to Goddess Parvati on this day then the Goddess fulfils all your desires.
Especially women and girls, who pray on this day to Goddess Parvati for the health and happiness of their husbands, celebrate the festival. Married women receive gifts and sweets from their parents, which includes Lahariya, which is a special multicoloured sari along with other accessories like bindi, vermilion, mehandi or henna, bangles and jewellery as a part of the dressing up along with the traditional sweet delicacy Ghevar.
The women dress up in fancy traditional attire and with the celebration in the air; they paint the skies with the colourful kites, which makes part of the festival. There are special delicacies, which are prepared on the occasion, and Teej is celebrated with much revelry across the board.
This year the festival is being celebrated on the 3rd and 4th of August, so if you are in and around Jaipur or Bundi, then it’s a festival that you must experience.