Tila Aetham (Teil Atham / Tila Ashtami) is celebrated as a culmination of Shivaratri festival in Kashmir, mainly by Kashmiri Pandits. In 2018, Tila Aetham date is February 23.
Tila Aetham is celebrated on the 8th day of the bright fortnight of Phalgun Month (Phalguna Shukla Ashtami tithi). On this occasion, puja is offered to Lord Shiva and any other favorite God and diyas are lit in the temples and homes.
‘Jaa Teen Teen’ (tieng Kangri) was the old old tradition associated with this festival. These days, the tradition has become extinct.
In North Indian or other Hindu calendars, ‘Tila Ashtami’ day is celebrated ‘Masik Durgashtami’ in Falgun Month and ‘Holashtak Arambh din’.