Teej is a festival katha is mainly celebrated in North India, mainly in the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. This festival is synonymous with sawan or the monsoon season in India. Teej falls during the holy month of Shravan also called Shravan Maas (July-August) each year. Teej is a big festival in Rajasthan, traditional dances, and dresses, henna are the main features of this festival.
Teej is celebrated with some serious rituals. It is customary for married women to go to their parents' house on the day of the festival. All married women get presents from their in-laws as per Teej customs. A traditional package called the 'Shrinjhara' is gifted to the daughter-in-laws. The name originated from Hindi word “shringaar” which means adornment. The Shrinjhara package includes of Ghewar (traditional Teej sweet), traditional dress (usually tie and dye), mehendi or henna and bangles. Women use these items to get ready for the festival.
Teej is a festival for women and a time for Teej Shringar. This day, women pamper themselves with new clothes and jewellery. The markets are flooded as both married and unmarried women go out shop for good clothes and accessories. They buy sarees, jewellery and accessories and splurge themselves. This festival calls for being one's best at the festival and women make the most out of the occasion.
Decking up oneself is the most colourful and vibrant ritual of Teej Festival is called Teej Shringar. It is performed with a lot of craze and enthusiasm by the women. They make proper schedules for the festival well in advance. Both married and unmarried women and girls love to dress up like newlywed brides. The festival of Teej is dedicated to women as they observe fast for a healthy and long life of their husbands. The women are free to do as they please. They get ready in the following manner:
On Teej, unmarried and married women dress up in bright clothes, mostly wearing green as it is considered auspicious and symbolizes Haryali Teej or the month of Sawan. Usually they wear sarees, suits and lehengas. Some women prefer wearing expensive designer wear while others love to wear their wedding attires and feel like a newlywed again.
After selecting their dress the women choose their jewellery. Married women usually prefer heavy necklaces and bangles; some lucky women also receive beautiful jewellery from their husbands as gifts for Teej. On Teej, shops get stocked up with colourful glass and metal bangles. Women visit these shops to buy bangles to match their perfect outfit. When it comes to Teej Shringar, women want everything to be perfect and in sync.
Mehendi or Henna
Teej Shringar is not complete without the application of intricate mehendi or henna designs on hands and feet. Young girls and women fondly apply mehendi a day in advance and some even get their husband's name written. In villages, women apply alta or red paint to their feet and hands.