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The Goonghat

Jodhpur, India

Ghoonghat is a veil or headscarf worn by some married Hindu, Jain, and Sikh women to cover their heads and sometimes their faces. Hindu women from all castes, classes, and walks of life observe this custom as a symbol of identity. In this century, women still wear these veils because of cultural customs and religious beliefs. "Wearing 'Ghoonghat' is considered to be a 'traditional practice' and a manner of honoring family elders.

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