» 09/18/2012, 00.00
Teej festival honouring women divides Nepal between rich and poor
Because of the economic crisis, only the rich can enjoy the celebration. Women exchange gifts and fast for their husbands' longevity. Local media now report that some women have sold a kidney to get money to buy jewels and the traditional red sari.
Nepal : Teej festival, a hymn to the materialism of Hindu women
The celebrations in honor of the goddess Parvati and her marital devotion to Shiva increasingly show the gap between rich and poor. Traditionally, the women, dressed in a red sari , exchange gifts and jewelry, a day before the holy fasting .
Hindu, Muslim and Christian women come out in defence of religious freedom
During celebrations honouring Lord Shiva, Hindu women criticise proposed amendments to the penal code that would ban conversions. For them, such changes reflect the view of rightwing politicians, not all the people.
Hindu women celebrate festival, sing and dance for secular state
The festival of Teej, which includes fasting, fell on the same day Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. The two festivities provide an opportunity to demand a truly secular state in which all religions are respected. Participants also call for an end to political games that have blocked a new constitution so far.
Nepal, in honor of Shiva women gurus can also go naked
Until now, only male gurus could beg without clothes. To avoid speculation and cases of prostitution, the government creates the "ID for devotees." Among the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar, the Mahashivaratri gathers hundreds of thousands of people from Nepal and India.
Nepal: between tradition and modernity, Hindu women celebrate the Teej
The Hindu festival, during which women ask to meet the man of their dreams or to have a happy marriage, has also become an occasion for demanding "greater rights and freedoms". Holiday greetings from Prime Minister Prachanda and President Ram Baran Yadav.
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