It is a well-known fact that Durga Puja is the biggest and most important festival for anyone of Bengali Hindu descent. When the Navratri period concludes with Vijaya Dashami, married women perform a set of rituals bidding farewell to Goddess Durga and once that’s done, they get into a celebratory mood and apply sindoor on each other’s forehead and faces—reminiscent of Holi—except this time only a deep shade of vermilion is used. This set of rituals is referred to as Sindoor Khela, literally translating to Vermilion Play.
It is believed that Sindoor Khela brings good luck in the lives of married women and grants long and happy life to their partners. Think of it as a symbol of womanhood. However, these days, the event has become more inclusive, with single women, womxn, and even men engaging in the festivities.
Traditionally, on this day Bengali women usually wear the iconic white sari with the red border and they accessorize their outfit with shankha, pola, and noa: three bangles, made of conch shells, coral, and iron, respectively. But in modern times, everyone wants to inject an element of flair and personal style into their festive wardrobe. Keeping that in mind, we’ve curated four eclectic styling options you can choose to pair with your traditional saree.
If you value your culture and don’t wish to steer too far away from the norm, consider accessories that stick to the red, white, and gold color palette.
If you think your red and white saree is too maximalist, tone things down with minimal and elegant accessories. A pearl encrusted potli bag, matching pearl set and champagne hued juttis—it doesn’t get any more subdued and elegant than this.
All fashionistas know how chic red and pink look together. How about incorporating some rose tinted accessories to your Sindoor Khela look?
Now this one is for the ladies that don’t follow any rules. You might be wearing a conventional outfit but that doesn’t mean you have to style it like everyone else. Go wild with your imagination, pick colourful accessories and ditch the necklace for a quirky haathphool.
So are you going to style your saree with minimal accessories or are you planning to go all out? Whatever you pick, make sure that you wear something that’s comfortable and remember to have lots of fun!