Hindu Woman in village near Bharatpur. Rajasthan. INDIA
Only the married women cover their heads and may look out through an eye-slit. The woman has henna painted hands for Diwali festival. This is the most important Hindu festival, also known as the 'festival of lights'. It lasts 4- 5 days and is in honor of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. Each day brings a different ritural, including lamp lighting, bathing, feasting, decorating the house, firecrackers and gift giving. It is held in October/November.