Hariyali Teej: Its Connection with Woman Power
July 26th, 2017
Hariyali Teej falls today this year, the 26th of July 2017. Celebrated to mark the start of monsoons, this festival also symbolizes the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The festival rejoices the bounty of nature, arrival of thundering clouds and pleasant rain showers with greenery all around.
The festival is named after a small red insect which comes out during the rains. The festival starts with women offering their prayers to the Lord Shiva in hope of well-being of their husbands along with a long life. The married women fast and long for a peaceful and long life for their husbands and on the other hand, the unmarried ones pray to Lord Shiva in order to receive blessings in guise of a perfect husband.
Women find beautiful ways of celebrating themselves during Hariyali Teej. Applying Mehndi on hands as well as feet is one of the main interests among the women. They wear decorative bindis on foreheads, shining-tinkling colourful bangles on wrists, ethnic vibrant attires. Swings under trees decorated with lovely flowers are the main attraction of this festival. Fairs are held in the grounds during the festival.