Australian Haryanvis celebrate Haryali Teej

Since its inception in 2018, The Association of Haryanvis in Australia has continued to make its presence felt across Australia through the NSW Chapter and the newly launched Victoria Chapter.

The festival of Teej was celebrated in Sydney and Melbourne with great ostentatious display of colours, festivities, food and bonding amongst the Haryanvi families.

Teej refers to the monsoon festivals as per the Hindu Calendar, dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated for the well-being of spouse and children and purification of one’s body and soul. Because of the greenery all around, Hariyali Teej is marked by women enjoying the swings, singing folk songs and celebrating happiness.

Speaking to our correspondent, President of the NSW Chapter, Mr. Sewa Singh mentioned “One of the key objectives of AHA is to bring all the families together and ensure that we are strongly connected to our roots. Celebration of festivals together is an important step towards this goal and we are extremely pleased to see such an enthusiastic participation”

Starting from the customary swings, the event had some fun games, great selection of Indian food, savouries, Gulgules (Traditional sweets) and cultural performances to keep the attendees fully engaged and entertained. The folk music and dances added more flavour to the traditional values of Teej.

Whilst the NSW chapter celebrated the festival in the Bungarribee Park in Sydney, the Victoria Team had it all setup in Frontier Park in Rockbank in Melbourne with both the venues witnessing over 250 participating families each.

The President of the Victoria Chapter Mr. Satpal Chahal said “The sheer excitement and engagement of the families that have come together to celebrate the auspicious festival of Teej has added a lot of energy to our efforts. We envisage to celebrate our festivals in the same traditional way that we do in Haryana and the remarkable success of this event gives us the confidence and motivation to continue on the journey that we’ve embarked upon.”

The Association plans to work extensively to help new migrants and students integrate seamlessly in the Australian way of life whilst maintaining its deep-rooted relationship with Haryana and continue to engage and bring together the whole Haryanvi community together at large.

The Association has set major milestones for itself and it is now in the running to secure funding from the NSW government to develop a fully sustainable Recreation Centre for its Seniors in Parramatta, Sydney. More details on “Project Milap” are available on the Service NSW website or the link

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