Teej Festival, kota 1
During this auspicious celebration, a procession is held from the Tripoli Gate to Chaugan Stadium. Elephants, horses and camels are decorated at their best and the fleet lead the procession of Goddess Teej, accompanied by folk music and songs.
Teej is celebrated during the monsoon season, between July and August. On this occasion, married women seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and Parvati for a happy marital life. The festival in Rajasthan is a precursor to the monsoon. It welcomes the rains given that Rajasthan’s many areas are desert regions.
Teej Festival is also the festival of swings. Hung from trees, the swings are elaborately decorated, especially with flowers. Women are dressed in traditional costumes that are mostly green in color. During this time, married women sing and dance and invoke the blessings of the almighty and it i s one of the best fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.
These married women are also given gifts from their parents. Usually, they are items that women use to beautify themselves such as henna, vermillion, bangles, and bindi. Gifts include sweets as well with Ghevar, a special type of Rajasthani sweet being the most popular.
Lahariya, a multicolored sari is another thing that is received by these women with glee. On this day of the festival, married women wear the sari and beautify themselves. Fairs and processions are conducted in honor of Goddess Teej – the incarnation of Parvati.