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Teej Festival, Jaipur
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INTRODUCTION
Teej is a gay expression of boundless joy that comes straight from the heart of the people of Jaipur at the sight of rains that cover the barren land in hues of happy green. The Teej Festival of Jaipur is celebrated to honor the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In this festival, devotees prayer to Goddess Parvati and seek her blessings for marital bliss and happiness. Women of Rajasthan assign a very special significance to Teej festivities. The newly washed fields look fresh and beautiful and peacocks can often be spotted dancing during the season, as women sing Teej songs and enjoy rope swings in their gardens. Teej marks the beginning of the series of festivals and fairs that ends only with the spring festival of Gangaur. Especially in Jaipur, Teej is celebrated with a special fervor and showers of rain on this day pep up the joyous celebrations by several degrees. It is considered a day for lovers and would-be life partners and young boys and girls come to the city from nearby villages, singing and dancing on bullock and camel carts and open tractor-trailers. The procession on Teej is the highlight of the festival. Three main types of Teej that are celebrated in a year, the Haryali Teej, Hartalika Teej and the Kajri Teej.

THE LEGEND BEHIND THE CELEBRATIONS
A festival especially for women, it is said that Teej commemorated the day when Goddess Parvati finally got married to Lord Shiva after severe penance of hundred years. Thus, women pray to Goddess for her blessings to gain marital bliss and long lives of their husbands. Women dress in all finery. Lehariya dresses are quite popular on this day and 'Ghewar' is the popular dessert of the day. Girls going to get married receive 'shrinjhara' from her in-laws on this day that consists of shringar (cosmetics), henna, lac bangles, lehariya saris (tie and dye fabric) and a sweet called ghewar. The women of the royalty can be distinguished by the special variety of laheria that they wear, known as 'Sanander', which is a pastel shade of blue.

DESCRIPTION
The Teej festival celebrated with festal fervor and gaiety has a special religious significance. Ladies and young girls pray to the Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva's consort who exults in her conjugal bliss with Lord Shiva and therefore the women in Rajasthan treat the Teej Festival with venerable significance as they invoke the blessings of goddess Parvati to bless them with long and happy married lives.

Decked in all their finery, the women in Jaipur anoint their palms and feet with mesmerizing henna patterns, adorn themselves with chunky traditional jewelry and invoke divine blessings for a long and happy married life. Green dominates the bright attires of the women of Jaipur as it signifies fertility, freshness, longevity and joy. Young girls and women come together and decorate idols of Teej with rich ornaments and traditional attire and place it under a delightfully decorated canopy. Women and girls dance, sing and frolic in the open with the rain streaming down as Jaipur comes alive with traditional swings that are hung from trees in lawns and gardens. Women swing in these as they sing folk songs and participate in the Teej festivities. The swings are decorated with marigold and other bright flowers and mesmerize you with their divine beauty and fragrant aura. Long cultural processions are organized to celebrate Teej in Jaipur and other parts of Rajasthan, India. The idol of Goddess Parvati or Teej Mata is placed in a stunning palanquin that is carried by men dressed in red along with the procession.

These processions create breath-stopping vistas as they course through the streets of the old city with its pastel pink hues. The bazaars of Jaipur come alive with bustling activity and general festivities. Shop for brilliantly embroidered traditional clothes, enchanting jewelry, gifts and traditional sweets during the Teej festivities at the bazaars of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

TIME TO CELEBRATE   
Celebrated usually during the first week of August.

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