A special Teej celebration which even men can join!

Gangtok, 30 Aug:

The festival of Teej, linked with the mythological legends of Lord Shiva, where women pray and fast for the long life and wellbeing of their spouses is approaching.

The festival falls in the month of Bhadaun and is celebrated throughout the month with different programs.

Traditionally celebrated only by women, this year, a group of young men and women have come up to dispel this stereotype by inviting all men and women interested to take part in the event to be held at Hotel Sidlon in 09 September.

The theme for the event is "empowering each other".

Sushmita Pakhrin, an organiser and a photo journalist by profession, explains that such platforms can be used to send out a positive message of oneness and equality as she feels that no festival should be exclusive to a particular gender, caste or religion.

Further, she states that such platforms can start a dialogue on how people, particularly the women, can help each other and sustain the community as a whole.

Another organiser, entrepreneur Sumitra Limbu Rai, adds that in order to break the traditional mindset, there is a need to involve and reach out beyond the scope of what has been in the past.

"We welcome all to join the event and exchange views," she adds.

The daylong event will not just have speeches from concerned stakeholders but also include an interaction program.

Further, the organisers add that a ramp walk will also be organised to adjudge Miss/Mrs Teej along with two subtitle winners of Best Make up and best dress.

This will be followed by performances by local artists.

It is further informed that the function is being held in aid of Leeyal Old Age Home, Tintek, East Sikkim.

"Let's come together for a cause and learn from each other," adds Sumitra Limbu Rai.