Certain practices in terms of attires and rituals have been carried down the ages, to find their way into the life of today’s woman. Once upon a time, the Mughal queens adorned their hands with mehndi, and today it continues to hold sway over a million hearts during festivals, weddings and celebrations. Yet some other traditional practices in Eastern India include the application of Alta, sindoor, a red powder worn along the parting of the hair. And then, there’s the kajal which creates dramatic contours around the eyes. There’s a lot that went into the making of these rituals, read on to know more.