Dancing, folk songs and the red color of women's wedding saris dominate the days
of Teej, a Hindu festival of womanhood.
The days recall the heavenly occasion
when Parvati, daughter of the Himalaya, won the hand of Lord Shiva after severe
meditation and fasting.
On the first day, mothers send gifts of food and saris
to their daughters' houses, and groups of women gather together to feast. At
midnight, the woman begin a fast. The second day is for worship.