Teeja Festival – A festival which is celebrated in Northern India and Nepal to welcome the monsoon season is called Teej. Teeja festival is a generic name given for three festivals. Teeja festival is a festival which marks the dedication to Goddess Parvati and her union with Lord Shiva.
Teej is the name given to an insect that can be seen in the monsoon rains. It also refers to the third day that falls every month after the new moon day and the third day after the full moon night of every month. Any festival which falls on these days will be referred as Teej. The festivals of Haryali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej are classed together under the Teej festival.
The other forms of Teej are celebrated as separate festivals such as AkshayaTritiya. In certain parts of Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, AwraTeej is celebrated in the lunar month of Vaisakh. It is not associated with the trio of the monsoon festivals of Teej. The Jhulan Utsav of Vrindaban is also an independent festival. Teej marks the traditional custom practiced by married women for the wellness of their husbands.