Saturday, February 20, 2010

People in India

Jenni I found a new friend. Do you see the smile on his face. He really liked getting his picture taken with me.

This is an Indian woman.

Do you see the red dot between her eyes?
The bindi is arguably the most visually fascinating of all forms of body decoration. Hindus attach great importance to this ornamental mark on the forehead between the two eyebrows -- a spot considered a major nerve point in human body since ancient times.
In southern India, girls choose to wear a bindi, while in other parts of India it is the prerogative of the married woman. A red dot on the forehead is an auspicious sign of marriage and guarantees the social status and sanctity of the institution of marriage. The Indian bride steps over the threshold of her husband's home, bedecked in glittering apparels and ornaments, dazzling the red bindi on her forehead that is believed to usher in prosperity, and grants her a place as the guardian of the family's welfare and progeny.
These women are going to work. Look at all the colorful sari's.

Most all of the women in India wear the most beautiful colors and patterns of Sari's.
A sari is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine meters in length that is draped over the body in various styles. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with one end then draped over the shoulder baring the midriff. The history and origin of sari seems to date back to the period of the establishment of civilization.
Grandma Kathi's Sari and Granpa Bob's Kurta. They had them made for a wedding.

January and February is wedding months, because the weather is cooler and all wedding are outdoors.

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