In Telangana, a south Indian state, families celebrate when their daughters reach puberty or menarche (first menstruation). “Though locals refer to the event in many names- the ancient name is Ritusuddhi, also called Ritu Kala Samskara, which is the coming of age ceremony for girls, after menarche or first menstruation.”
Celebrations marking the first menstruation are common across south India states. This milestone in a young women’s life is “observed by her family and friends, with gifts” and her “wearing a sari for the ritual.”
Annual events such as Ambubachi Mela, an annual fertility festival held in June at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam, and Raja Parba, Odisha’s 3-day festival, are associated with Earth’s menstrual celebrations and are celebrated with great fervor.