TEEYAN festival is synonymous to well-being, affluence and pleasure. The Indian women and young unmarried girls gather collectively on this very religious and joyous festival to celebrate and make merry for the beginning of monsoon season. Teeyan or Teej is extensively popular in the northern area of India like Chandigarh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa.
The meaning of the word “TEEYAN”, which in Punjabi pronunciation is ‘tee-aan’, reflects the celebration of flourishing and blissful married life. The newly married girls come to their parental house to celebrate this festival along with their friends and welcome the rainy season for good. For this occasion, usually a fair is planned where they enjoy the riding on swing. This is a time when rural women particularly indulge and enjoy themselves in buying bead necklaces, bangles, bindis, apply henna tattoos on feet and hands and eating splendid dishes.