Why Do Bengali Women Wear White Saree With Red Border (Lal Paar Shaada Saree) During Durga Puja?

by Ankita Mazumdar
Why Do Bengali Women Wear White Saree With Red Border (Lal Paar Shaada Saree) During Durga Puja?

Bengalis are rich in culture and heritage and they own it with pride. When it comes to the auspicious month of October with the strong scent of Shiuli phool in the wind, Bengalis know that Durga Puja is near. They rejoice in the grand festivities of Puja and dress up to the nines. Married Bengali women are seen beautifully donning their white saree with red borders or as they would call it, lal paar shaada saree during Durga Puja. Let’s break down why it is one of the most significant sarees to be worn and why it has so much pride associated with it.

Bengali’s Love To Wear White Saree With Red Border (Lal Paar Shaada Saree)

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  • The red colour symbolises the attributes of immense strength, power, fertility, auspiciousness, and new beginnings.
    White colour represents simplicity, purity, and patience along with the innocence of womanhood.
  • During traditional wear for married Bengali women, this beautiful saree is paired with red sindoor, white shakha and red pola (bangles). It completes the look altogether and adds more charm and glamour to Durga Puja.
  • This pristine combination of red and white connects to Durga Maa and is thus considered very significant.
  • In modern-day tradition, the rule to wear white sarees with red borders is not limited to just married Bengali individuals. Everyone who wants to welcome Durga Maa with open arms can drape this saree including young girls, unmarried, transgenders, and widows as well.
  • This saree is not only worn during Durga Puja but also on various other auspicious occasions across the land of India.

The Art Of Draping This Saree Is Also Relevant

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Apparently, it is said that the way this saree drapes around the body and the way it twirls also suggests something. The twirling of the red border leads to the beautiful eyes and the red sindoor of the forehead. This seemingly enhances the big and bold eyes of Bengalis. Furthermore, the eyes of Durga Maa are one of the most iconic features which captivate you truly. You can even spot a couple of Durga idols wearing lal paar shaada saree.

This year Durga Puja is from October 20 to October 24 and if you plan on flaunting this mesmerising Bengali white saree with red borders, then you gotta buy it quickly. Try to wear lal paar shaada saree in the traditional Bengali manner to get all the bong feels. Enjoy!

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