Teej Festival

Teej Festival of Nepal

Teej is an exciting and joyous Hindu festival celebrated mainly by women in India and Nepal. This festival clamps great cultural and religious significance. Primarily dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess of Parvati. During this festival, people engage in the city area like the Kathmandu Tour,  Kathmandu Pokhara Tour, or Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Tour,  etc. Mainly this season is not for high Himalayan trekking. but the pilgrimage tour is very dedicated. 

Teej generally falls in the monsoon months of July or August and lasts for several days with different variations observed in different regions. Teej Festival is a Dedication of the following topics:

Traditional Attire:

In Haritalika Teej, women dress up in colorful traditional attire. Usually, in the shade of red, a few people were green as well. These are considered auspicious colors for this festival. They adorn themselves with intricate Mehndi (Henna) designs and wear beautiful jewelry.

Devotion and Purity: 

Haritalika Teej is celebrated with great devotion and purity. Mostly, Married Women observe fasting and offer prayers to lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to seek their blessing for a happy and prosperous marital life. Unmarried girls also pray for suitable spouses for the future and take fasting on that day.

Swings and Singing in Teej

Teej is known as the “Swing Festival” as women, especially young girls enjoy swinging on decorated swings often hung from trees. They sing traditional folk songs called Teej songs while swinging, adding to the festival atmosphere. On this day women get together and use to sing a song about their feeling of home and their thoughts.

Fasting Rituals: 

Fasting is a significant aspect of Teej. Married women fast for the well-being and longevity of their husbands. While unmarried girls hope to find a loving, caring, and best partner for their future. The fasts can be quite rigorous, with women abstaining from food and water for an entire day or in some cases till the next morning. In this day even evening time women don’t eat food, they eat only fruits and milk.

Offering and prayers:

 Most Hindu women and girls went to temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddes Parvati and witnessed s surge in devotees during the Teej festival. Women offer Fruits, Flowers, and some special sweets to the deities and perform Aarati (ritual of waving lamps) as part of their prayers.

Mehndi and Henna:

Applying Mehndi henna on hands and feet is an integral part of Teej celebrations. Women gather to apply complicated Henna designs, Signifying love and married bliss. It is famous again famous in India and Nepal.

Social Gatherings: 

Teej is also a time for social gatherings and celebrations. Women visit each other’s homes before the special day comes. They cook a variety of food and eat together. They chant and dance with Nepali Folk songs. They exchange gifts, share their thought, and enjoy the festivities together.

Feasting: 

The fasting will be break after sighting the moon in the evening. Women prepare a sumptuous feast with various traditional dishes. Special sweets and delicacies are served. All the families come together to celebrate and share the dish. Normally, on that day no one eats meat.

Blessings and Well-Wishing:

 Normally, on this special day of Teej, Elders give blessings to the younger generation and women pray for the well-being of their families and loved ones. Teej is seen as a time of renewal and firming of family words. Mainly they worship for god Shiva and Goddess Parvati and then well-wishing for their family a long, healthy, and wealthy life ahead.

Cultural Performances:

 Teej is usually celebrated in some regions as cultural programs, Dance performances, and processions are organized to showcase the rich heritage and traditions associated with Teej. These proceedings add a division of execution and cultural consequences to the festival.

In Conclusion, Teej is a joyful and colorful festival that celebrates love, marriage, and the bond between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is a time when women come collected to witness traditions, strengthen their relationships, and seek the blessings of the divine for a joyful and successful life.

Krishna Astami

Krishna Janmashtami, often referred to known as Janmashtami. It is a prominent Hindu Festival celebrated in honor of Lord Krishna, a Beloved deity in Hinduism. It is reflected in the eighth manifestation of Lord Vishnu. Krishna Ashtami typically falls in August or September. This festival is observed with great enthusiasm and devotion by millions of Hindus across India and around the World.

Devotional Fasting:

Devotees of Lord Krishna observe a day-long fast on Janmashtami. Several Hindu people refrain from Eating or drinking until midnight. This is believed to be the time of Lord Krishna's birth time. Some people may consume fruits or milk during the fasting period, 

Birth of Lord Krishna:

 Janmashtami commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna. To this day people are believed to have been born Krishna in the city of Mathura in Northern India. His birth was seen as a divine event and it is celebrated with fervor. It is believed that he was born in Prison and his father Basudev took him to Nanda Baba’s home at midnight.

 During his birth time, the room was light and security fell asleep, all doors were opened. That’s why it’s possible to take Krishna out from his father and mother kept in a Kansas prison. 

Midnight Celebrations: 

The most significant moment of Janmashtami is the midnight hour when Lord Krishna is believed to have been born. Temples and homes echo with the sound of religious songs, Chants, and bells as devotees eagerly awaited the auspicious moment. At midnight, the deity of baby Krishna is bathed, adorned with new clothes and jewelry, and located in a cradle. The symbolic representation of the infant Lord Krishna is celebrated with great joy. 

Religious Chanting and Dancing:

Temples, houses, and some spiritual centers organize special discourses, Bhajans (Devotional songs), and recitations from the Bhagavad Gita. This is sacred scripture that contains Lord Krishna’s teaching to Arjun.

Cultural performance:

Almost, in Nepal and India all Krishna temples have cultural programs, dances, and dramas depicting scenes from Lord Krishna’s life are organized to entertain and educate people about his divine qualities and teachings. In Nepal, there is one very popular spout in Patan city known as Patan Durbar Square. There is Krishna Temple. There people go for prayer on that day especially all high-level people go for pray.

In summary, Krishna Janmashtami is a Blissful and morally significant Hindu festival that enjoys the birth of Lord Krishna. It is a time of Dedication, fasting, fasting, Cultural Revels, and common get-togethers with families and relatives. All time is expected to honor the beloved deity and his wisdom of love, compassion, and virtue. 

Rishi Panchami

Rishi Panchami is a Hindu festival observed on the fifth day of the waxing moon in the Hindu lunar month of Bhadra. This festival falls in August or September in the Gregorian calendar. Rishi Panchami holds spiritual and cultural significance, mainly among Hindu women.

During this festival time, people visit Nepal for some short trekking like the Ghorepani poon hill trek, Langtang Gosainkunda trek, etc. Some people are interested in celebrating the Hindu festivals like Teej, Rishipanchami, and Krishna Ashtami.  

The day of Rishi Panchami is a day dedicated to honoring and paying greetings to the admired sages or Rishis in Hinduism. These statesmen are known for their profound wisdom, Knowledge, and submissions to antique scriptures and humanities. 

Ritual Bath:

On the occasion of Rishipanchami, women take a ritual bathing in sacred rivers, ponds, or water bodies early in the morning. They often use water mixed with turmeric barley and sesame seeds, which are considered purifying components.

Vrata Katha:

On Rishipanchami, devotees often listen to or read the stories and teachings of the Rishis as a way of understanding their wisdom and incorporating their values into their own lives. It has been several stories followed by Hindus. 

Avoiding certain foods:

It is customary for women observing Rishi Panchami to avoid certain foods. Especially those considered heavy or spicy are done to maintain physical and spiritual purity during the day.

In conclusion, Rishipanchami is a Hindu Festival that emphasizes purification, and respect for elders. The importance of observing old-style customs and rituals. Women need to seek forgiveness, purify themselves, and renew their commitment to leading a life. Similarly, virtue and righteousness under the teachings of the Saptarishi. 


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