- Hariyali teej is a Hindu festival
- It symbolizes happiness and prosperity of married couples
- It involves fasting without eating or drinking anything through the day
Hariyali Teej 2018 falls on August 13. The Hindu festival is celebrated in the month of Shravan. Hariyali Teej is widely celebrated in states like Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Bihar. The month of Shravan marks beginning of monsoon in India. The term 'Hariyali' in Hariyali Teej stands for greenery associated with monsoon. The festival symbolizes happiness and prosperity of married couples. Celebrated for 3 days, Hariyali Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati as it marks her union with Lord Shiva. As part of the festival, prayers are offered for children's good health, one's own wellness and spouse's long life.
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On Teej 2018, women dress up like newly-weds. They usually wear colours like bright reds and greens with colourful bangles. They apply henna on their hands. In accordance to the tradition, the married woman is gifted with Sindhara, beauty products, jewellery and lots of clothes by her mother-in-law. There are different rituals for each day of the festival.
First day of Hariyli Teej is known as Dar Khane Din. On this day, husbands prepare food for their wives. Second day of the festival involves fasting while third day is meant for offering prayers.
The fasting observed during Hariyali Teej is known as 'Nirjala Vrat'. It is done in a way where women neither eat nor drink throughout the day. Most fasts are such that they allow drinking water or consumption of fruits. But Teej fast does not allow either and hence it might be difficult for some women to do it. People with health issues should refrain from fasting as even a healthy person tends to feel weak without drinking water for such a long time. Without drinking water, you are prone to risks of dehydration, fatigue, low blood pressure, headache and dizziness. Women with migraine might find it even more difficult to fast on Hariyali Teej.