This event took place at the Livingstone Community Center on September 8 2012. About 200 women and children attended the Teej Celebration to witness and participate. We all enjoyed traditional food, music,dances,and songs.
Teej is a celebration that marks the advent of the monsoon season, it takes place in various parts of India like Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat. Teej is a women’s festival of great significance for engaged and married women and is celebrated with full verve and enthusiasm. On this day women pray to Goddess Parvati for long and healthy life of their husband.
During Teej Festival women perform numerous activities of great fun and excitement to celebrate the holy festival. Married women, unmarried girls, grandmothers and even kids enjoy the festival with extreme jubilation and enthusiasm. Teej rituals and customs have created a deep impact on women. They dance, sing and offer prayers to Goddess Parvati. At home, special dishes are cooked for the family members.
Fun with Henna
Teej is a major women festival in which we see both married and unmarried women enthusiastically indulging in the mehndi designs. At the time of this celebration women dress up like new brides and apply henna on their hands and feet as part of ‘shringar’. One can see women, young and even small girls adorned in the beautiful hues of mehndi designs. With a craze to showcase the darker Henna color women keep mehndi for a longer time after applying it to their hands and feet. Mehndi design is a temporary tattoo that lasts for 2 to 4 weeks. It has been adopted as a fashion statement in recent times as its application is completely painless and safe. Women who beautify paint their hands with intricate mehandi are not allowed to do any household work. She is just let to cherish the memories of her wedding day.