JORABAT, Sept 20 - The two-day Teej festival, celebrated by women of the Nepalese community, concluded at the Shri Bhadrakaleshwari Mandir here today.
A large number of Nepalese women of Jorabat and its surrounding areas including Khanapara and Byrnihat, took part in the two-day celebration.
The first day�s celebration included Teej song and dance competitions in the daytime, followed by a cultural programme in the evening.
Traditionally known as Hari Talika Teej, this festival is unique in the sense that only women participate in it. It is celebrated in the Bhadra month of Indian traditional Saka calendar. During this festival married women are invited and brought to their paternal homes with due respect and treated to varieties of delicacies. The women sing Teej songs and dance in their paternal homes, narrating their life stories in their husbands� homes. According to Sagar Sharma, secretary of the sub-committee of the festival, the Teej festival started in the ancient times when Goddess Parvati took to fasting for the wellbeing of Lord Shiva.
Today�s highlight was a cultural programme where international singers from Nepal including Hemanta Sarmah, Manju Poudel and Shiva Dahal performed.