Haldi Kumkum

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Haldi Kumkum, or the Haldi Kumkum ceremony, is a social gathering in India in which married women exchange haldi (turmeric) and kumkum (vermilion powder), as a symbol of their married status and wishing for their husbands' long lives.[1]

The ceremony is particularly popular in the western Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa. Married women invite friends, relatives and new acquaintances to meet in an atmosphere of merriment and fun. On such occasions, the hostess distributes bangles, sweets, small novelties, flowers, betel leaves and nuts as well as coconuts. The snacks include Kairiche Panhe (raw mango juice) and Vatli Dal.

The Swadhyay Parivar celebrates Haldi kumkum every year by encouraging women to get together to celebrate their role in society and start fresh with each other for the new year.

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  1. ^ Sharmila Rege (2006). Writing Caste, Writing Gender: Narrating Dalit Women's Testimonies. Zubaan. p. 148. ISBN 81-89013-01-7.