my mom is SUPER (hardcore, even) traditional and an extremely religious hindu, and when I told her that a lot of people (mostly white people and some indians) get offended when they see white people wearing bindis, her response was:
“What? why?! it’s to look pretty! it’s a sticker. that’s silly.”
my mom says the same thing, as do I. Don’t think a lot of people really care about the religious significance behind bindis these days. Wikipedia:
In modern times, bindis are worn by women of many religious dispositions in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and is not restricted to Hindus. Many Muslim women in Bangladesh wear the bindi as cultural/social sign. It is also used in festivals such as Holi…Bindis are worn throughout South Asia, specifically India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, by women, men, girls and boys, and no longer signify age, marital status, religious background or ethnic affiliation.The bindi has become a decorative item and is no longer restricted in colour or shape.
It’s really more of a cultural thing these days. If my mom wants to look “traditional” she’ll wear a bindi with her sari/Indian clothes. Personally, I don’t give two shits about who wears a bindi.