Festivals and cultural gatherings enrich our social life, offering opportunities for socializing and shared enjoyment. However, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted social events and celebrations this year. We find ourselves in a situation where visiting places of worship on festival days is not possible. To curb the spread of the virus, people are encouraged to celebrate festivals at home and stay indoors due to the rising infection rates.

Among the most popular festivals to be affected is Teej– a joyous festival for Nepali women. The day is celebrated during the monsoon period, between the month of August. The festival usually takes place on the third day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the month of Bhadra (August) according to the lunar calendar. In the year 2020, this festival is observed on August 21, with Rishi Panchami following on August 23.

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Teej festival is approaching, and it’s that time of the year when we celebrate with enthusiasm alongside our families and friends. However, this year will be a bit different due to government-imposed lockdowns and social distancing measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. The current pandemic situation has made large gatherings impossible, but we’ve embraced virtual communication to stay connected with loved ones, nurturing our cultural and social bonds.

Interestingly, the pandemic has brought families closer as we spend more time at home. Despite the unique circumstances, we continue to observe the traditional rituals with the same devotion. Nepalese women and girls are adapting to celebrate Teej from home while adhering to social distancing.

Let’s find innovative ways to celebrate Teej this year while taking simple precautions to protect ourselves, our families, friends, and neighbors from the deadly Coronavirus.

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