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Teeyan, also known as Teej, is a festival of rainy season celebrated in Punjab and Haryana. It takes place during the month of Sawan (July-August), from the third day of the moon to the full moon day.

In this period, married women return to the parental home, accompanied by her brother or some other male relative. The reunion of the women with the family and childhood friends is a unique experience for them.

One day before the Teeyan, girls apply henna to their hands and feet. All of them wear jewelry, mendhi and bright clothes on the day of the festival. They perform giddha dance and sing Teeyan songs. They use musical instruments like a dholki, ektara, or chimta. Women make kheer, a dish specially associated with Sawan.

On the last day of Teeyan, ballo dance is performed, after which the young brides return to the homes of their in-laws.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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