Wedding Chuda and Kalire for Good Luck and Prosperity

Wedding-KalireIndian weddings have various rituals and ceremonies. Each ritual has its own significance and importance.

The sweet moments of wedding are not only unforgettable for the bride and the groom but also for the near and dear ones. An Indian bride, on her wedding day, wears various ornaments from her head to her toes. Important among these are bangles. One such moment is the chuda ceremony which is celebrated at bride’s place just a day before the wedding. Choora is a set of red and white ivory bangles. It is believed that the red bangle worn between the white bangle avoids friction between positive and negative energy. The size of these bangles generally varies according to the circumference of the wrist and the forearm. These bangles signify the newly wedded status of the bride and she generally wears them for at least forty days after her wedding. The custom of wearing chuda is considered as a good omen because it is believed that it brings fertility and prosperity in the lives of the newly wedded just a day before the wedding.

Once the chuda has been worn, the bride’s friends and cousins tie kalire to the chuda. These are pieces of umbrella shaped gold or silver ornaments. These signify good wishes for the bride’s new life ahead and are also meant to remind her of her friends and cousins. It is said that the number of leaves on kalire are as many as bride’s friends. There’s an interesting ritual associated with kalire. The bride shakes her hands over heads of all the unmarried girls in the family one by one and if a leaf or a part of kalira falls on anybody’s head, then it is believed that she will be the next one to get married.