Teej festival furthers women's equal access: Former President Bhandari

KATHMANDU, Sep 18: Former President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has expressed the belief that the Haritalika Teej festival will vigorously further women's equal access. 

She said this in a message of best wishes given on the occasion of the Haritalika Teej today. The former President said that such festivals will contribute to making social, cultural unity and family relations more cordial by vigorously furthering women's equal access in all sectors of society. 

Stating that the indigenous religious and cultural festival of Haritalika Teej is an integral part of the Nepali culture, the former Head-of-State extended best wishes for happiness, peace and prosperity of all sisters within the country and abroad. 

"The dignity of our time-honoured festivals should always be kept high for keeping the social environment lively, for adopting a lifestyle of integrity and for preserving the art and culture of the country and handing it over to the coming generations," former President Bhandari said, cautioning against our festivals losing their original aestheticism with the kind of extravagance and lavishness that is seen in the context of the celebration of these festivals these days.

The former President has reminded of the timely preservation of the religious and cultural aspects related to our festivals and urged everyone to remain active in minimizing the social anomalies and aberrations.

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