Chura, a set of bangles, is usually a combination of white and red. The Punjabi and Sikh community mostly follows the custom of wearing chura. The bangles traditionally made of ivory with inlay work, used to encase the entire arm of the bride up to the elbow. She is expected to wear the bangles till up to a year of the wedding after which the bangles are taken off ceremoniously and replaced with glass bangles. However, nowadays, usually the husband is allowed to take off the chura after 40 days of the wedding. Traditionally, married women, regardless of roots, are not supposed to be bare armed or be without any ornaments of any sort.
The chura not only is an indicator that the girl is newly-wed but also is a deterrent to her immediately taking up heavy tasks in her new home – works as a sort of a ‘honeymoon’ period after which she has to shoulder most of the household tasks.
The churas come in various designs and and help a bride look gorgeous on her wedding day and most girls look forward to wearing them. But then like all things they come with their own baggage. Here is one such hilarious account from a frustrated bride which is worth a read.
Come on how about it – anything weird, funny, strange wedding customs that you would like to share? I would love to hear about it or indeed anything at all! Feel free to exercise your fingers 😉
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