KATHMANDU — Hindu women are celebrating the Haritalika Teej festival throughout the country on Wednesday(12 Sept).
On the occasion, majority of the married women fast throughout the day and perform rituals for longevity and good health of their husband. Many of the women refrain themselves even from water.
Women fast and wish for a prosperous life of their spouse on this festival which falls on the third dark day of the lunar month according to Nepali month Bhadra.
A day before ‘Teej’ women rejoice with various delicious dishes known as ‘Dar’ and fast on the next day as per the tradition.
The three day festivity begins with ‘Dar’ on the second day of the fortnight in the month of Bhadra and is marked with fasting and cultural programs next day.
Women on this day take ritual baths in the morning and offer worship while in the evening. Clad in red, the devotees visit Shiva temples. They pay homage to Lord Shiva, light lamps and spend the night awake.
Both married and unmarried women perform various ‘pujas’ (worships) and observe fasting, praying for fulfillment of their wish for a happy and prosperous conjugal life.
The festivity comes to an end on the fifth day of fortnight after worshiping the legendary ‘Saptarishi’ (seven sages).
This unique festival of Nepali women is also a celebration of sisterhood as sisters gather at natal home and indulge in jubilant dancing and singing.
The legend has it that Parbati, the daughter of Himalayas, was on her maiden fast, wishing for the health and the well being of her spouse, Lord Shiva. Since then the same day has been recognized as the Haritalika Teej.
Married women put on bangles, ‘Pote’ (a necklace made of glass beads), ‘Tilahari’ and ‘Sindur’ (crimson powder) considered the symbols of good luck and dress themselves up in red saris or other red outfits and adorn themselves with different kinds of ornaments.
President extends good wishes on occasion of Maghe Sankranti
KATHMANDU— President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended happiness, peace and prosperity to all Nepali sisters and brother at home and abroad on the occasion of the Maghi or Maghe Sankranti.
In a message issued from the Secretariat of the President, President Bhandari has expressed her confidence that this festival would strengthen social unity by promoting mutual understanding among different castes and communities of our society.
Our festivals have contributed a lot to maintain our Nepali identity by linking geographic, cultural, ethnic and lingual diversities and such festivals have played vital role to make our country known in the global stage, President Bhandari has said in the message.
In a similar message, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun has said that such festival enhance mutual harmony, tolerance, fraternity and unity among the Nepalis and contribute to conservation and promotion of our indigenous culture.