NH Bhutanese observe Teej

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Resettled Bhutanese community of Manchester in New Hampshire observed one of the most awaited Nepali women festivals Teej yesterday at Catholic Church with more than one hundred observers.

Women perform Sangini dance. Photo Courtesy/Maya Khanal

The Bhutanese Community of Manchester, NH (BCoNH) informed BNS that the invitees were welcomed by typical Nepali food items along with ‘Sangini’ (traditional folk dance) dance.

During the program, the audiences hailed the Sangini dance along with the song penned by Bhutanese women.

One of the speakers, Laxmi Mishra said that the Teej festival venerates the unification of lord Shivaji and goddess Parbati or the day in which lord Shivaji accepted goddess Parvati as his consort. To mark this event, married women keep fasting wishing prosperity of their husband. Likewise, unmarried girls also do three-day fasting aspiring future husband like lord Shivaji.

Mishra further added that some females rejoice this day as a liberation day. Literally, liberation from her laws household works and his man’s services.

Meanwhile, one of the guest invitees Sister Irin said, “I am very much thrilled to observe your cultural abundance and wish to work with you all to preserve and to relegate your cultural rituals to your younger generation.”
The Teej program was observed for three hours amidst special events including the Sangini dance, songs and group dance.

(Contributed by Suraj Budathoki from Manchester, NH)

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