Guest Article By Meetu Gulati
The festive season is around the corner. Beginning of fall marks the beginning of all major festivities in India and gives us a reason to adorn ourselves in beautiful ethnic wear and accessories.
One such festival is Karwachauth– one of the most awaited festival of the year for a married woman. A day where she fasts from sunrise to moonrise for the long life and good health of her better half. A day when she adorns like a new bride and prays for the prosperity of her soulmate. The Karwachauth festival is celebrated across Northern part of India and holds a great significance in Indian culture.
In our rich Indian culture there are few adornments which are only worn by married woman. It not only enhances their beauty but have a great mythological significance too.
Sindoor (Vermillion)- a sacred symbol of a married woman is applied partially or completely along the parting-line of a woman’s hair. It is a sign of good fortune & is only worn by married women.
Bindi – It’s a circular red dot of vermilion powder which signifies strength. It also represents the third eye. Bindi is donned on the centre of the forehead. These days many designs of bindis are available and they are reusable. Each comes with a sticky back and can be easily applied or removed .
Mangalsutra Necklace – A sacred thread of love and unity made of gold and black beads. ‘Mangal’ means auspicious and ‘sutra’ means thread. It is called Thaaly or Maanglayam in southern part of India. Mangalsutra has divine powers and the black beads protects from evil powers.
Toe Rings Silver toe rings are worn by married women in the second fingers of their feet. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus and regulates the menstrual cycle.
Mehendi (Heena) is applied on the hands and it epitomizes the love and affection between the couple.
Bangles adorns the wrists of all married women and are worn as a wish for a long life of their soulmate.
May this Karvachauth be a blessed one for all those celebrating.
Happy Fasting. Stay strong as the feast will follow too !!
About The Guest
Meetu Gulati is a dear friend who happens to be very creative too and always a source of inspiration for me. I’m genuinely motivated by her enthusiasm especially the way she celebrates any Indian festival. We all need friends like her. I’m glad I have her in my life . For some DIY crafts do check her Facebook Page .
This article is apart of Ethnic Series : Ethnic Mama which I’m doing on my blog.
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