It is an age old ritual that on the day of Durga puja, women apply sindoor/sindur on the goddess’s feet or forehead and then start smearing it to all the married women around. However, unmarried women or widows are not allowed to celebrate Sindoor Khela.
Sindoor Khela celebrates the pride that Bengali wives take in having a husband and to wish a long happy life of her better half.
The customary “Sindoor Khela” marks the end of the biggest festival of the Bengalis. It is the time when all the actresses in Kolkata get together and splash each other with the vermilion.
Photos by Saptojoy Ghosh