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Part II Festive Camp
Teej and Panchami celebration
Teej is a festival celebrated by Nepali women, for the long life of her husband and long and
firm relationship between them until the death this life and all the lives to come. Teej is
observed for marital happiness, well-being of spouse and children and purification of own
body and soul. Teej is the most famous festival among Nepali women. But not all women
celebrate this festival. Women from Newar ethnic group do not celebrate this festival. Teej is

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a small red insect that comes out of the soil during the rainy season. It is said Teej got its name
from the same red insect. That is why Teej is celebrated in red.
Decked up in red sarees and red tika, bangles, women sing and dance to traditional folk songs
for days. It is especially significant for married women, when they get a special invitation to
visit their maternal home and feast. It is a sight to behold at the Pashupatinath temple, where
thousands of women draped in Red and green throng the premises of the temple. Observers can
take photos of these women dancing merrily, where sometimes foreigners, especially women
tourists are requested to participate in the merry-making.
1. The eve (first day of Teej) is called Dar Khane Din. This evening the grand feast
takes place. The grand feast is called “Dar”.
2. Second day is the main day of Teej (the fasting day). Some women take it very
rigid, they even live without a piece of food and drops of water while some others
take liquid and fruit.
3. On the third day, Women get up early in the dawn and get cleaned and do the
puja once again and only after this puja, women take solid food.
4. The fourth and final day is called Rishi Panchami. After the completion of the
previous day's pooja, women pay homage to various deities and bathe with red mud
found on the roots of the sacred Datiwan bush, along with its leaves. This act of
purification is the final ritual of Teej, after which women are considered forgiven
from all their sins.”

 Understand the importance of Teej festival and know how it is celebrated.
 Understanding of Nepali Cultural
 Celebration of Teej women with positive energy in the community.
 Performed a dance ritual with the community women
 Cultural exchange
Placement Support Process: The first day is arrival day and each volunteer is greeted and
received by VIN local staff at the airport and taken to VIN hostel / hotel. On the second day
volunteers will receive a full day orientation at VIN offices in Kathmandu. The placement
orientation will cover cultural tips, survival phrases on Nepali language, health tips,
preparation for project activities and an introduction to VIN. Volunteers will always be guided
by a Nepali camp leader and VIN supervisors will visit them time to time for follow up and
support. Should you have any concerns on the work camp, you may always call VIN for
immediate help. On the last day of the work camp, volunteers will submit a detailed work
report, fill up an exit form and sit with VIN executives for an exit interview and feedback

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Location: Tarakeshwor: Tarakeshwor municipality is situated in the outskirts of Kathmandu
District. It is around 10-15 km from main ring road to Balaju, Kathmandu covered with hills,
fields and woods.
Accommodation: The volunteers will stay with the host family/hostel identified by VIN.
The living facilities are simple and basic. Male and female volunteers will share the same
living area with separate rooms. The volunteers sleep on simple beds / mattress. Please bring
your sleeping bag.
Language: Basic English should be spoken among the participants
Participation Fee: The participation fee is 200 Euros (+30 Euro for transportation), which is
to be paid on arrival at VIN Office.
The Participation Fee Covers:
 Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at a local host family – 3 meals a day
 Transportation: Airport pick up and pick up and drop to the working community site
 A half day guided sight-seeing to the world heritage site of Kathmandu
 Materials for the work-camp and community development projects support
 Local volunteers’ support cost
 VIN T-shirt, and certificate of participation
 24 hours emergency support
 VIN admin cost.
What’s excluded?
Airfare, VISA, Travel medical insurance, return airport transfer, entrance fees on the world
heritage sights, Personal travel and weekend activities expenses etc.
Meeting point: VIN staff will pick each volunteer from the airport. The volunteers are
requested to send their flight details to VIN on time so that we can send our staff with your
name card and VIN’s Logo.
If you want to come earlier and explore the country more, you may find pre-paid taxi at the
airport or VIN may help you on that.
Airport : Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
Leisure Activities: You can go for the sightseeing at various cultural heritage sites around
Kathmandu. VIN also organizes weekends travel tours to Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara,
Nagarkot at an additional cost if you are interested.
[The detail info sheet and acceptance letter will be sent from VIN after we receive your
Complete Volunteer Exchange Form (VEF) from the sending organization.