Travel to Nepal
Teej - The Fasting Festival for Women Only
Travel to Nepal
Every year, in August or early September, there is a three-day festival, which always ends on the fifth day of the brightening moon. Nepalese women claim it for themselves alone. In observing the requited rituals and ceremonies, Nepalese women strive fir what is desired by women everywhere- a happy and productive marriage, good fortune and long life for her husband, and the purification of her own body and soul.

While observing this festival of Tij, women must undergo penances and rigid fasting, the severity of which is alleviated by lavish feasts, laughter and dancing in good fellowship with sister devotees. On the first day they indulge themselves and their appetites to the fullest in preparation for the all-important second day of strictest fasting. Because the last day of tedious ceremonial holy bathing must take place on the fifth day of the waning moon, during some years a day elapses between the Tij day of fasting and the final bathing day. In other years the three days follow consecutively.

The first day is called Dar-khane, when the women of each hose -hold prepare for a feast, the most sumptuous that can be produced: all kinds of curry -mutton, chicken, fish and vegetable, with chutneys, eggs, fruits and sweets an indulgence which often strains the family purse. Tradition says the husband must meet this expense even if it means pawning valuables, taking a loan or selling part of his store of grain. Thus some men, alluding to the next day is fast, claim that 'a woman observing her yearly Tij fasting often consumes a whole bushel of corn '.
In the afternoon people are seen hurrying through the streets and along the footpaths carrying baskets ad trays of edibles, the customary gift mothers must send this day to the homes of their married daughters. Along with food, according to her means, she may also send scarlet saris, red glass bangles and crimson cotton yarn for her daughter's hair.

Some women may hold their feasting party during the day; but when the children are sleeping and men out of sight, the women often congregate in one room and seat themselves on the floor around a spread of many dishes, laughing, bantering and gorging themselves with all they can hold, for at midnight begins a time of arduous a fasting. Often the kollity goes on until morning, for many consider it a special penance stay awake through the entire night.

Next is the most important day of the festival, when Tij fasting is performed on behalf of one's husband. Not one morsel of food nor drop of liquid may be taken for twenty-four hours. Extremely pious women woll not swallow their own saliva; it is expectorated instead, to avoid a sin likened to drinking their own husbands' blood.

The rules of this fast are revealed in the holy books, citing how the saintly goddess Parbati, daughter of the god Himalaya , fasted in feepest humility, fervently that  the great Lord Shiva would become her spouse. Shiba, touched by her piety and devotion, made her dreams come true and took her as his wife. in gratitude Parbati sent her emissary to preach and propagate this type of religious fasting among women on earth, romising that she who observes it will not only beget many children, but will live with her husband all the days of her life.
Client's Feedback
Roly Lloyd from Australia
"I recently had the good fortune to go birdwatching in Nepal with my friend Dr Robert Sothman in Nepal. I contacted Tragopan Trek / Travel Nepal Pvt Ltd., a contact found through Birding Pals Nepal. We had excellent feed-back and responses to all our e-mails which gave us confidence to book a bird watching tour through them. We were met at Kathmandu airport by our guide Shankar and had a very comfortable...    Read More

View All
Best Wildlife Film