Monday, January 28, 2013

Haladi-Kunku (हळदी-कुंकू)

Haldi Kuku, 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.
Women invite each other to their homes. On a lighter note: By the time a woman is back to her home after attending the ceremony at neighbours, the extent of this social gathering is directly proportional to the haladi kumkum on her forehead and is easily visible.


  1. Traditionally, turmeric and kumkum are the mangal symbols for women
    Enjoyed the humor part..

  2. Wow- you took me back to Aurangabad days. In Maharashtra - this Haldi Kunku is very popular during Makar Sankaranti Days.
    In Tamil Nadu or infact among South Indians, it is a tradition to give Haldi Kumkun to any Married Lady who visits to our house.
    Loved the post and the pic.

  3. Thanks Arumugam Easwar and Viyoma for your comments. Sure, this is only to present the humour part of the tradition.
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