Sunday, March 31, 2013

chura-indian bangles

A Choora is a set of bangles that are usually red and white, sometimes the red bangles are replaced with another color , but they are usually only two colors.
They are worn by an Indian bride on her wedding day. This is a tradition originating in Punjab, North India. It is a favoured tradition in Hindu families, Sikhs also follow the tradition, although it is primarily a Hindu tradition along with Sindhoor and mangalsutra.
Choorae (plural) may contain different coloured bangles in various combinations, but the most common combination is red and white.
The choora is worn by the bride for 40 days from the day she puts it on and on the 40th day only her husband can remove it for her. She can wear other choora after that for as long as she likes in any colour.

The choora ceremony is held on the morning of the wedding. The bride's maternal uncle and aunt give her a set of choorae (21 bangles in red and white ivory). Nowadays, the bride often wears 7 or 9 bangles.
According to tradition, the bride should ideally wear the choora for at least a year. It is now normal for the bride to wear her choora for a month and a quarter (40 days).
The bangles range in size according to the circumference of the top of the forearm and the wrist end so that the set fits neatly.
As the choora is made of fragile materials, Punjabi custom has it that the bride may refrain from heavy housework in her marital home to keep it intact for the 40 days, as a kind of honeymoon. After that, in traditional homes at least, she takes over the lion's share of domestic work from her mother-in-law..

Actually, the ritual of choora has its traditional roots in the Punjabi culture, where the maternal uncle of the bride, on the day of the marriage, performs this custom of making his niece wear the wedding choora. The choora or the wedding bangles is first washed in milk, and the bride cannot see her choora before wearing it. These days, the design of the choora is first selected by would- be bride, after which a different set of the same design is worn by her on the day of her wedding. The traditional period of wearing a choora is the starting one year of her married life, but these days, girls wear them as long as they wish, due to their liking towards it. There are different set and designs available in the market, which vary in their colour, maroon and white being the base, and the count can vary from 21, 31 to 51, bangles in a set, as per the choice of the bride.

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