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Shraavan Shukla 3
This festival falls on the Shukla Teej of Shraavan month. This day is celebrated by the married women whose husbands are alive and young girls. Women cook Pooree and Poodaa and observe fast till the food is cooked - normally up to 1.00 pm. Then they worship Ganagaur*, take out a certain amount of food to give it to elders as Baayanaa.
The previous day of the Teej, they apply Hina on their palms and on the day of Teej, they dress in their best attires, wear lots of jewelry and new bangles of normally green or red or yellow color (blue, brown, black and purple colors are considered inauspicious on auspicious occasions), visit their friends and other peoples houses. Most houses have swings for this occasion so they swing in several houses and sing songs.
In fact the whole Shraavan Maas is the month of women's festivals - first comes Naag Panchamee, then comes this Hariyaalee Teej and in the end comes Rakshaa-bandhan. So this whole month they spend in their parent's house. If they are in their parent's house, their in-laws send new clothes, Sindoor, new bangles and sweets to them, but if they are in their in-laws house, their parents or brothers send this to them. This is to wish for their happy married life and that they should always remain Suhaagin till death.
* Ganagaur means Maataa Paarvatee Jee. She is the wife of Lord Shiv. All Suhaagin (married women) worship Maataa Paarvatee and get blessings of being Suhaagin throughout of their life.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 09/29/13