Hariyali Teej (Hindi:हरियाली तीज) is one of the three prominent teej festivals that are observed by Hindu women (the others are Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej). Hariyali Teej is observed on the Tritiya (3rd day) of the shukla paksha (bright fortnight of the moon) of Shravan month (Sawan month) as per the Hindu calendar. Married women observe the Hariyali Teej fast for the longevity and welfare of their husbands.

Hariyali Teej 2021 is on August 11, Wednesday

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2021 Hariyali teej date is August 11, Wednesday, three days after Hariyali amavasya which falls on August 08 and two days before nag panchami on August 13. Hartalika teej is celebrated on shukla paksha tritiya of bhadrapad on Thursday, September 09.

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Married women observe Hariyali Teej fast for the longevity and health of their husbands.

Teej festival date in 2021 & 2022

Teej Year 2021 Year 2022
Hariyali Teej August 11, Wednesday July 31, Sunday
Kajari Teej August 25, Wednesday August 14, Sunday
Hartalika Teej Wednesday, August 11 July 31, Sunday

The festival falls during monsoon season when the surroundings are covered with green color, hence the name Hariyali Teej (Green Teej). Hariyali Teej is also known as Sawan Teej (or Sawan ki teej), Choti Teej and Madhusrava Teej. The festival of Hariyali Teej holds the same significance as Karwa Chauth observed by the married Hindu women.

The festival of Hariyali Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Her unison with Lord Shiva. It was on this auspicious day that Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife. For this reason Goddess Parvati is also referred as ‘Teej Mata’.

Hariyali Teej is observed with great pomp and show in the north Indian states. In Punjab it is known as Teeyan and in the state of Rajasthan it is called as Shingara Teej. The celebrations of Hariyali Teej may vary slightly from region to region, but the spirit and enthusiasm is same everywhere.

Few states have declared Hariyali teej an official holiday or restricted holiday.

Hariyali Teej 2021 Tithi timings:

Sunrise11 August, 2021 06:05 AM.
Sunset11 August, 2021 06:58 PM.
Tritiya Tithi Starts10 August, 2021 06:06 PM.
Tritiya Tithi Ends11 August, 2021 04:54 PM.
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Rituals of Hariyali Teej:

On the day of Hariyali teej, married women are presented with Shringara items like traditional dresses, bangles, henna, sindoor and sweets to name a few, by their respective in-laws.

The women particularly dress up in green color lehengas or saris. These Shringara items are symbolic of marriage and hold great significance for married women. Also wearing them is considered to be auspicious. As per the Hindu traditions it is believed that by wearing all the 16 adornments a woman can keep her husband protected from all evils. This custom of gifting ‘Sindhara’ is particularly significant for the newlyweds. As a part of the ritual, women then go to their parent’s house for celebrating Hariyali Teej. Delicious food items are prepared and enjoyed by all.

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Women apply henna or mehendi on hands during Hariyali teej

The tradition of applying henna on the hands and feet is most significant during Hariyali Teej. The festival of Shingara Teej is incomplete without performing this tradition. It is a popular belief that the color of Mehendi on the hands tells about the love showered by husbands. Darker the color of the henna on the hand, the more she will be loved by her fiancé or husband. In some places, women also write the name of their husband or beloved with henna on their hands.

The tradition of Vat Vriksha also forms an important part of the ‘Shravani teej’. In most of the places, swings are hung on the branches of Banyan tree or Vat Vriksha and even in houses. Women spend the day swinging along with dancing and singing with other women. On the day of Hariyali Teej women are given all the liberty for enjoyment and merry making. In Hindu mythology the Banyan tree is help sacred and its hanging branches reflect knowledge. Therefore worshipping the Vat Vriksha on the occasion of Hariyali Teej is also considered auspicious.

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Married and unmarried women observe vrat and do puja rituals for marital bliss

On the day of Hariyali Teej, women also observe strict fast known as ‘Nirjala Vrat’, where they are not allowed to even drink water for the whole day. The Hariyali Teej vrat can be kept both by married and unmarried women. The fast is broken later after worshipping the moon. On this day women worship Teej Mata (Goddess Parvati) for the prosperity and well-being of their husbands. The idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped and songs are sung in their honour.

The festival of Hariyali Teej celebrates the nuptial bond of marriage. The observance of this festival by Indian women signifies their devotion towards their respective families and how they are always prepared to protect them from all the evils. The celebrations of Hariyali Teej are very elaborate in all the Krishna Mandirs in Vridavan. Swings are laid for their deity and this ceremony is known as ‘Jhullan Leela’. Religious hymes and songs are chanted in all the mandirs and devotees celebrate this festival with complete excitement and enthusiasm. The idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are beautifully adorned with ornaments and after the celebrations; water is showered over the devotees to mark the arrival of monsoons.

Hariyali Teej festival dates between 2018 & 2028

2018Monday, 13th of August
2019Saturday, 3rd of August
2020Thursday, 23rd of July
2021Wednesday, 11th of August
2022Sunday, 31st of July
2023Saturday, 19th of August
2024Wednesday, 7th of August
2025Sunday, 27th of July
2026Saturday, 15th of August
2027Wednesday, 4th of August
2028Monday, 24th of July

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