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Teej is a festival for the womenfolk. In Northern India, the festival announces the coming of monsoon season. It falls on the third day of the waxing moon in the month of Shravan. The celebration is spread through the states of Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Delhi. It is observed with excess joy and merry-making.
The temple of Lord Shiva becomes the centre of attraction. On this day, girls and women go to the temple and perform puja to pay reverence to Goddess Parvati. All girls put mehmdi (henna) on their hands and wear new bangles. Married girls come back to their own houses for fun and fervour. They are given gifts by their parents. Women folk use this occasion to get together. They gather around gardens and start singing and dancing. Girls play on swings which are erected in the gardens. Special dishes are prepared during this festival which are distributed among gatherings. Girls and womenfolk eagerly await the day of Teej.