Saturday, January 16, 2021



A chooda is a set of bangles traditionally worn by a bride on her wedding day and for a period after, especially weddings.

The chooda is usually red and green sometimes the red bangles are replaced with another colour, but they are usually only two colours. They are traditionally made of ivory, with inlay work, though now made with plastic. Traditionally there are 21 bangles, although more recently the bride often wears 7, 9 or 11 bangles. 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.

Traditionally, the bride would wear a chooda for a full year.When the color started to fade her in-laws would actually have it re-colored, so everyone would know that she had been married for less than a year.  This usually was accompanied with mithai (Indian sweets) and a monetary shagun. The chooda then was taken to a river and a prayer was said and it was left to float onto the water. Afterwards the woman could wear other chooda in any colour for as long as she liked.

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