Bhutanese celebrate Teej in Adelaide

Bhutanese in Adelaide celebrated Teej, the greatest festival for women amidst a public cultural function on Saturday, 7 September.

Female members of the community carried out all the cultural performances while male members supported them technically. Males served the audience with free cultural food.

The function was jointly organised by Yuba Sansar, Bhutanese Youth Group, Bhutanese Ethnic School, Namaste Cultural Group with involvement of other active young girls under the coordination of Bhutanese Australian Association of South Australia.

The Teej festival has its roots in Hindu mythology. Hindu scriptures say the goddess Parvati launched a hunger strike, demanding she be allowed to marry Shiva, the man she loved. Her friends soon joined her with similar demands, and the young women came to be known as “hadtalika,” or protesting girls.

Parvati’s father, Himalaya, ultimately bowed to his daughter’s demands, and Parvati had a happy life with Shiva, according to the myth.

Today, the tone in which Teej is celebrated has changed, quite. It is the time when females gather for merry making, share food and exchange wishes.

All Photos by Steve Watts

The organiser team in full dance mood
The organiser team in full dance mood
The organising team in full dance mood
Young people in ‘drama MC’
Cross sectional faces together
Older female members of the community join to dance on stage, this time not on sangini.
Mala Magar and Jyotshna Karki was two of dozens MCs
Elderly people specially enjoyed their culture full live
Young girls in full colourful
The other young girls with kurta fashion
The kurta fashion is less favourite, though
Samjhauta Rai and Neeru Mishra in action
Young girls dominate the Teej stage
The students from Bhutanese Ethnic School
Devika Adhikari and Neeru Khapangi were other two MCs
The event drew quite a large crowd

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