A must accessory for every Punjabi bride, ‘choodas’ are just another highlight to her big day. Indian weddings have a whole bunch of traditions and customs and one of them is the chooda and kalire ceremony that is part of a Punjabi wedding. These two ceremonies are especially held for the bride-to-be on the day before her wedding at her house. Read on to find out why Indian brides wear these red bangles and what does it signify.
What is the importance of ‘Choodas’?
Traditionally, a set of 21 bangles in red/maroon and white/ivory is selected for this ceremony by the bride’s maternal uncle (mama) and aunt (mami). It is a gift from them to the bride at her wedding. Nowadays, brides opt for different colours like pinks, purples, oranges, etc. The number of bangles also fluctuates depending on her preferences. The designs traditionally had red dots on the white bangles but now flashy rhinestones and Swarovski are also used. Customised Choodas just like Sonam Kapoor’s can also be done.
The bangles are first purified with milk and rose petals in a havan or puja ceremony. Later it is put on the bride’s wrist after all the family members touch it as a sign of blessing. Usually, the bride is not supposed to see the choodas before the wedding but now that isn’t followed.
Significance of Choodas
It is also known to bring good luck to the newlyweds. The red colour is meant to strengthen the bond between a couple. Fertility and prosperity are words associated with the chooda, which is worn for a minimum period of 40-45 days after the wedding day by every Punjabi bride. You can also choose to wear them longer up to 1.5 years if you choose to. Removing your choodas before the date is seen as a bad omen and forbidden. Unless a special chooda removing ceremony is not performed by the sister-in-law, you cannot remove the choodas.
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