A mini Teej celebration in Baltar

3rd September 2017

As a group we have become really integrated with the community through both working with them and also spending time with them at meal times at their family homes.

The festival of Teej starts in the month running up to it, but the main celebration is from the 24th – 26th of August. Our time in Baltar would finish before then, so the members of the community decided to organize a mini Teej for us. Teej is the Nepali festival for Women, with a defining feature being that all the women dress in red saris, as red symbolizes purity.

Hazel, Preity and Georgina learning about Teej festival traditions with host families
Hazel, Preity and Georgina learning about Teej festival traditions with host families

For the girls, getting involved in this tradition of the festival was one of the best parts. The Amas lent us each a beautiful sari while also all coming together to help us get ready. They were all extremely generous and we really enjoyed sharing an important part of their culture. We then all shared a huge meal of daal bhat with the whole community in the corn field. After which we danced to traditional Nepali music with the Amas and children at our shelter.

All in all it was an amazing experience to see everyone so happy and celebrating together. The mini Teej festival really brought us closer to the families we’d already started to become a part of, and gave us an extra boost to continue our hard work for the next week and a half as we work alongside the community.


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