‘Teej Festival is symbol of greenery in Haryana’

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After the harvesting of wheat in the month of Chait and Baisakh, people eagerly wait for the month of Sawan, as festivals and greenery begins from this month.

Shallu Pahal: Author

On the third day, of the month of Sawan, the festival of ‘Teej’ comes with full enthusiasm and fun.

This festival is among those festivals that give Haryana a cultural identity, the Teej festival is the most important and the main one.

The people of Haryana welcome this festival with great enthusiasm and excitement.

In children, among women, among the elderly and especially among the farmers, they eagerly wait and their desire for this festival is already on seventh cloud.

After the harvesting of wheat in the month of Chait and Baisakh, people eagerly wait for the month of Sawan, as festivals and greenery begins from this month.

During the monsoon of this month, dust, grime, soil gets all buried; the air gets purified, new leaves start bursting on the trees. It brings great relief for Hali (farmer), this colorful, Haraya-Bharaya festival, in which farmers cultivate Rice, jowar, milk, moong, millet, maize, etc.

Farmer’s wealth is his agricultural products that he produces in his fields. The zamindar (Landlord) flourishes in this month. Farming begins with this festival and this festival gives a start to all festivals that are celebrated in Haryana state.

The saying is certainly correct: – “Aagiteejerbogibeej.” There is so much freshness in the weather that it seems such that the greenery has come on its own in front of us by singing it out loud.

The symbol of greenery is our favorite, festival i.e. greenery Teej.

Earlier, the girls of our house used to bring smooth soil from wells, fields, etc., by adding cow dung to that soil, earlier the whole stove in raw houses used to clean with mixed mud to cook food for everyone.

Such a place was considered to be a holy place, where then sweetmeats (Suhaali), whole-greens, dumpling, hoofs etc. were made in mustard oil.

The women of the house used to take a shower in early morning and the home-made sweets were taken as Prasad to Dada Kheda, Dada Bhaiya and such holy places of village.

Earlier, women used to make Savaiya as soon as the evening came. During this month, women make mango, Lemon, almost every pickle that the mother use to give in her daughter’s kothali with a load of casks.

The mother used to do preparations for her daughter’s kothali much in advance, in which she keeps costly and good stuff clothes for her daughter and for her mother-in-law.

On the festival of Teej, new- daughter-in-law’s Sindhara use to come from her conjugal home. And married women wait for their brothers, as behind this they get the chance to meet their brothers they get emotional as well.

In Kothali, the brother takes rosemary, green bangles, mithisuhali, girichuhare, ghevar etc. for his sister.

Rosemary, green bangles enhance the beauty of hands.This festival is not limited only to married women but also unmarried girls pray and fast to get the desired groom.

In the past, the girls used to get the meendhin (pony’s) done, and made a net in their hairs. To make ropeour old people, used to first press the shan into the land of the fields, then cut it and press it in the for 1/2 month, then take it out and dislodge it and then mingleit for the raft (rope).

Which was then put on the tree, i.e., hammock(peing, pingholi) on the trees. The women of the house in the morning after showering use to wear traditional clothes such as:Jooti, Damman,white color kurta and, which have all kinds of ornaments such as: – pati-dhati, nayori, galsari, kanthi, mattar-mala, cymbals, ramjhol , Necklace, Jhalra, Dande, Saar, Borla, ChhanPajebi, Hathphool, Kadule etc. all gather together and went to swing in the gardens.

Men also used to get ready in the morning by wearing- Khandaka, Dhoti Kurta, Chadra, Juti with stick on his shoulders.

First, the women before sleeping in night and after doing every household works, before sleeping in night they fill their hands with full rosemary and make a fist and then sleep and in morning they would find a very good color of rosemary into their full hands.

All the women gather together and sing songs, and men use to swing them. Nimbakinimbli, laagisawanjaldiaaiyo re,this folk song from Haryana is on the tongue of every woman on Teej day.

While swinging, all the women used to wait for their turn and used to say that they will stop only when she will get the leaf of the tree from the upper branch that means to break the nose of your mother-in-law.

These folk songs of sour and sweet sayings would add glory to the festival.

Hali (farmer), as usual, would wake up every morning at 4 o’clock, take his bulls, go to the field, work the whole day in his land, and while coming back he use to cut green grass  and then returned to his animals with a cart full of green grass.

This festival brings a wave of joy on everyone’s face and while leaving leaves the impression of that happiness.

In this month, the weather keeps on performing acts like a cool, carefree, easygoing child, sometimes there is blackening all around, sometimes strong rain, sometimes sunshine, this is how the weather keeps on changing its color.

The perfect saying is – SaadSukaya, Samanaharaya.

Author:

Shallu Pahal

Research Scholar, M.Phil. English

AMITY UNIVERSITY, NOIDA, UTTAR PRADESH.


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2 thoughts on “‘Teej Festival is symbol of greenery in Haryana’

  1. Your step is appreciated. Shalu ji, saving your cultural heritage and customs and rediscovering them, your education will be very beneficial for the public and for your state. It is a matter of pride for you and for those who like your culture. I am a painter. I sincerely salute your global effort. My pen will endeavor to take this contribution to your heights. Jai Hind Jai Haryana🙏🌺🌺💐

  2. Shandar prastuti hamari sanskriti ko bachane ke liye jaruri hai ki is tarah ke alekh ko jyada se jyada viral kiya jaye ..
    Shall bitiya thanks for your amazing write up on hariyali teez.
    Prepare for “saanzhi” since vary now. .. .

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