Kathmandu, Nepal, September 18, 2023: Hartalika Teej is being observed by Hindu women in Nepal and across the world today.
This festival, which falls on the third day of the bright half (shukla paksha) of the lunar month of Bhadrapada, commemorates the divine union of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, as per Hindu mythology.
Women observe fasts, adorn themselves in traditional finery, and gather to perform various rituals during this auspicious day. Women observe a day-long fast without food and water, displaying their dedication to the festival's significance. This fast is undertaken for the well-being and prosperity of their husbands or to find a loving partner.
Meanwhile, resident Ram Chandra Paudel has said that the Haritalika (Teej) festival has carried a religious and cultural importance adding that this festival is being marked by Nepali women as a traditional cultural festival.
In a message of best wishes to all Nepali sisters on the occasion of the great festival of Teej, the President has wished for their happiness, peace and prosperity, and has stated that women hold the highest position in the society on the basis of their traits and characteristics.