Haldi Kumkum, or theHaldi Kumkum ceremony, is a social gathering in India in which married women exchange haldi (turmeric) andkumkum (vermilion powder), as a symbol of their married status and wishing for their husbands’ long lives.
The ceremony is particularly popular in the western Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujurat,Rajasthan and Goa. Married women invite friends, relatives and new acquaintances to meet in an atmosphere of merriment and fun. On such occasions, the hostess distributes bangles, sweets, small novelties, flowers, betel leaves and nuts as well as coconuts. The snacks include Kairiche Panhe (raw mango juice) and Vatli Dal.