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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Lifestyle

Celebrating Teej
Pratichi Bhatia, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 27, 2013
First Published: 17:20 IST(27/7/2013)
Last Updated: 03:14 IST(28/7/2013)
Girls apply mehndi on their hands as they celebrate Teej festival in their college in Gurgaon.

The festival of Teej, which marks the arrival of monsoon, is celebrated with much gusto among women all over the country. Such is the craze of the festival that even Facebook is flooded with pages telling people about the markets to head to, one such being Delhi Lifestyle Exhibitions. This year, Teej falls on August 10. So get ready for this saawan festival with special bazaars being put up at various spots in the city. We give you a lowdown on places you can visit to celebrate and binge on some yummy Teej delicacies.

What is Teej?
Teej is a women centric festival celebrated in different parts of the country every year, either in late July or early August. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva as per Hindu mythology. “Its a tradition in our family; it is similar to Karva Chauth. Girls and women dress like brides. The married ones also fast for their husbands,” says Rachna Vohra, a Teej enthusiast.

Teej markets

Teej bazaar
This bazaar is a melting ground of a variety of designer wear, colourful bangles, silver and diamond jewellery, hair accessories and much more. The highlights also include bags and shoes, home décor and furnishing, tableware and cutlery, chocolates and cup cakes. Teej Bazaar also has a variety of gift hampers for men as well.
When: July 28
Where: Select Citywalk, Saket

August surprise
Indulge in a range of sarees, salwar kameez, stoles and scarfs to keep up your traditional quotient. Shop for a variety of jewellery made from semi-precious stones, hand-made chocolates, cushions, bedding and many special gift packs. You can also buy pottery pieces, mugs, canvas bags and craft items.
When: August 6 to 10
Where: Indian August, N-3, Sector 18, Noida

Dilli ki Teej
Head to Dilli Haat to make the most of their mehendi, chooris (bangles), handicrafts and handlooms stalls, and gift items and swings decorated with flowers. To tantalise your taste buds, make sure you head to the food stalls selling ghevar, dal bati choorma and other food items. Keeping in mind the fun and entertainment the festival brings, many cultural programmes are also organised.
When: August 9 to 11
Where: Dilli Haat, Pitampura

Culture vulture
For an Indian touch, head to this exhibition organised by Culture Street and Adya Events which not only has a variety of products and designer collection, but also free mehendi and gift vouchers. Shop for ethnic wear, artifacts, jewellery, footwear, bags, chocolates, handcrafted soaps and more.
When: Till July 29
Where: India Islamic Cultural Centre, 87 — 88, Lodhi Road

Where to get mehendi

Traditional mehendi
It is one of the oldest types of mehendi. You get to see a variety of designs in Delhi such as Marwari, Bombay Style, Delhi Style, Jaipur and much more. Delhi style includes more of peacock and ambi designs, whereas Bombay style includes minute detailing.
Where: Milan Mehendi Art, South Ex; Raj Kumar Mehendi Wala, Shalimar Bagh; Sukhdev Mehendi Art, Lajpat Nagar.

Colourful mehendi
It is one of the latest trends in mehendi. The colours aren’t just limited to green, orange and black but on offer are a lot many choices of hues that you can add to your mehendi design to up the style quotient.
Where: Ajay Mehandi Wala, Krishna Nagar; Jaipuri Mehandi Art, Preet Vihar; SK Mehendi Centre, Sarojini Nagar.

Glitter mehendi
To add a pinch of shine to your mehendi, you can go for glitter mehendi. If you want to take the oomph a notch higher, you can also  include artificial crystals. Though the glitter does not last for many days ladies still go for it.
Where: Vikas Mehandi Art, Daryaganj; Ajeet Mehendi Wala, Prashant Vihar; Tiwari Mehandi Designer, Lajpat Nagar.

Tattoo mehendi
If you want to get a fashionable as well as traditional look, you can go for a tattoo mehendi. Instead of applying it on your hands you can also get it done on your arms, back and stomach. They last for 7 to 10 days.
Where: Kalam Mehendi Art, Malviya Nagar; Munna Mehandi Designer, Lajpat Nagar; Talwar Singh Mehandi Wala, South Ex.


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