AMRITSAR, India – At the Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar on Friday, female students took part in an event to mark an upcoming annual monsoon festival.
The festivities are observed by women across the country, especially in the northern states, to pray for marital bliss.
The girls wore traditional salwar-kurtas and covered their heads with decorative shawls with tassels, and sang and danced to popular folk tunes known as “giddha,” pushing swings adorned with yellow marigold flowers to celebrate the Teej festival.
During the festival, which falls on Aug. 13 this year, women especially in the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, fast and pray for a happy married life.
The festival marks the marriage of Lord Shiva, the creator and destroyer of the universe and a simple ascetic, to Goddess Parvati, who according to legend, had to be reborn 108 times to convince the god to marry her.