Monday, 17 September 2012

Teej Festival

Having been Googling, I have discovered that Teej is a pious fasting festival for Hindu women which celebrates the Goddess Parvati and her union with Lord Shiva. Women pray for the well-being of their families and success in their marriages. Unmarried women might pray to meet a good husband. The festival is held in the autumn to coincide with the arrival of monsoon rains after oppressive summer heat and the 'teej' itself is a species of small red insect which is awakened by the rain fall. Red is considered auspicious so women will dress in this colour for the three days of the festival.

Aided by ECCN, our local Nepalese community will be celebrating Teej this year in an open afternoon on the 22nd of September. The event is being hosted at the WRVS Centre on Hyde Road. As well as foods to try, there will also be traditional music and dancing, art and crafts, and a photography exhibition. Please book your tickets in advance by calling or emailing (details below) so the catering can be planned.

ECCN is the Eastbourne Cultural Communities Network, a wonderful voluntary organisation which was founded in 2004. Among their aims is the promotion of understanding among the diverse cultures resident in the Eastbourne area and they hold a number of celebratory events during year, each themed around a different cultural group. There are also more regular get-togethers such as weekly fitness and zumba classes and they offer advice and support in areas such as immigration documentation.

WRVS Centre, Sat 22nd Sep, 14:00 - 17:00.
Tickets £5, available by emailing or by calling 01323 735772 / 01323 760654 / 07918 743557.

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