Guwahati, 11 April-2014(Indilens Web Team): The beauty of Indian weddings lies in its many colourful, emotional and diverse rituals and customs, which leave everyone dazzled. One such significant ritual that adds to a bride’s look and beauty is that of the chooda and kalire ceremony, which is a part of a Punjabi wedding. Chooda is a set of red and white bangles that are worn by the bride, and kalire are beautiful golden accessories that hang on them. Take a look at some real brides and their stunning chooda and kalire.
Moments filled with emotions!
Among the beautiful and unforgettable memories of a wedding, chooda ceremony holds a special place. Traditionally, a set of 21 bangles in red/maroon and white/ivory is selected for this ceremony. It is the bride’s maternal uncle (mama) and aunt (mami), who give this chooda to her during the ceremony.
The wishes and memories!
Kalire are umbrella-shaped hangings that signify happiness for the newlyweds and eternal love between the couple. The bride’s sisters and friends tie these golden or silver kalire to her chooda. Here is one such heart-warming moment where bridesmaids are tying beautiful kalire to the bride’schooda.
Sign of love!
As the bride gets ready to enter her new phase of life, and leave behind her old connections, her friends and family tie kalire on her hands, so that she always remembers them. It is a beautiful memory of not only her wedding day, but also of her near and dear ones’ wishes and blessings. Here is a stunning shot of a bride showing off her chooda and kalire.
It all adds to her beauty!
Chooda is an important part of a Punjabi bride’s solah shringar. This is one of the most evident marks of a new bride. Both chooda and kalire signify good luck and happiness for the newlyweds. Together, they add to the bride’s D-day look and beauty, just as they do for this stunning bride. Her smile gives us a hint into the excitement that the new life holds for her.
There is more to it!
Another fun ritual that is a part of this ceremony is where the bride-to-be shakes her chooda andkalire adorned hands on the heads of all the unmarried girls present. It is believed that if any part or leaf of the kalire falls on the head of any girl’s head, she will be the next one to get married. This photo beautifully captures this significant, yet playful moment.
She smiles with the blessings!
Brides-to-be certainly look forward to this moment when they are pampered with the love and blessings of their family and friends, right before they tie the knot. Chooda and kalire add to her bridal look, and become a mark of her entering a new phase in life. Here is a beautiful bride who just cannot control her smile as she shows off her chooda and kalire on camera.
She loves the attention!
After the bride has worn the chooda on her wrists, it is then covered with a cloth. The bride cannot see the chooda till the time of the wedding ceremonies. Fertility and prosperity are two words that can be associated with the chooda, which is worn for a minimum period of 40-45 days after the wedding day.
They are a part of her look!
Kalire come in different designs and sizes, and can be picked up keeping the bride’s comfort in mind. Though the chooda is traditionally supposed to consist of 21 red or maroon bangles, nowadays brides choose to match the colours of the bangles with their outfits. It is all about what suits their style and makes them feel comfortable, right?
All brides love kalire!
Chooda and kalire are traditionally a Punjabi wedding ritual, but different communities have similar ones too. Also, with Indian weddings turning out to be a cultural melting pot, no matter which region or religion you are from, you can add these signs of love and blessings to your look as well. Here is a bride that leaves us dazzled with her stunning smile, striking pose, and simple kalire.
It is all for them!
Rituals and ceremonies are all about blessing the couple with good luck, and keeping them away from evil eye. No matter what ritual you pick up, the emotions attached to them will always be the same. It is all going to be about the union of two individuals into a holy bond of togetherness. Here is a couple that shares a cosy moment during their wedding function. What stands out, apart from their love and smiles, is the bright, red chooda in the bride’s hands.
Final moment of waiting