Sumaiya - Explaining the Dots
One of the most popular questions I heard about my culture was, "What's up with the dots on the forehead?" Well, that dot is called a "teep" in Bangla. Traditionally, only married women would wear a red teep on their forehead; it was like wearing a wedding band. Nowadays, a teep is just another form of make-up.
However, the kind of teep that extends over the eyebrows, like in this photo, is especially for brides.