Women Smear Each Other With Vermillion to Culminate Durga Puja in India.

Married Hindu women in eastern India smudged each other with vermillion, Friday, October 15, as they marked the end of the festival of “Durga Puja” with “Sindoor Khela,” or vermillion smearing ceremony, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Sindoor Khela,” which means playing with vermillion, especially popular in the eastern West Bengal state, marks the last day of the celebrations.

Clad in colorful traditional saris, the women offer vermilion at the feet of the idol of the goddess. They then playfully smear each other with vermilion, wishing for the long life of their husbands, and peace and prosperity for their families.

(Reuters)

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