Jalandhar, August 8

Teeyan Teej Diyan – a festival to celebrate the monsoon season – was celebrated with fervour at the Phillaur community centre here on Sunday. The programme was organised by Sandeep Kaur Dhindsa of Punjabi Sabhyacharak Pid (Phillaur), Punjab. Children, girls and women sang folk songs and performed giddha during the programme. Former Punjab Youth Congress president and Phillaur Assembly constituency in-charge, Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, was the chief guest at the event.

Chaudhary appreciated the efforts of Punjabi Sabhyacharak Pid in keeping alive the traditional culture of the state. He said Punjab has a rich heritage which needs to be preserved for future generations. He added that the festival of teej is also a symbol of women empowerment. Highlighting the efforts of the Punjab Government for the empowerment of women, he said there is 50 per cent reservation in local bodies, 33 per cent reservation in government jobs, free bus service, doubling of pension of elderly women from Rs750 to Rs1,500 and increase in Shagun scheme amount.

At the end of the event, Chaudhary distributed prizes to the performers and honoured the guests, including Prabhnoor Kaur Dhillon who has won several awards in giddha and bhangra, including Miss Punjaban and Punjab Di Dhi. — TNS