Indian Wedding - Choora Ceremony in a Punjabi Wedding

Indian Wedding - Choora Ceremony in a Punjabi Wedding

June 26, 2018      Administrator

Choora means red and white bangles that are worn by a bride on her wedding day. This ceremony is held on the morning of the wedding or the day before. The bride's maternal uncle gives her a set of Choora (21 bangles in crimson and white ivory) which is worn on each arm. The Choora is initially dipped in a milk-water concoction first and then offered to the bride. The maternal family also brings some gifts called Naanki Shak.  This is followed by adding decorations that hang from the bangles called Kaleeray as an accessory to compliment the bridal look.

The color, design and style of Chooriyan (plural for choora) is dictated by the bride nowadays. A Punjabi bride should wear the choora for at least 1 year from the day she puts it on. It is a symbol of her staying newly married. But, now it is completely ok to remove her choora after 40 days of the wedding because it becomes difficult to back to work with choora on. She can wear other choora after that for as long as she likes in any colour. If a newlywed bride becomes pregnant before her first wedding anniversary, the chura is taken off.

Since ages, the day of Sangrand (Punjabi New Year) is considered very auspicious for holding the choora removing ceremony. After the first wedding anniversary the bride’s in-laws would hold an intimate ceremony in which the chura is replaced by glass chooriyan.


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