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Why do we wear bangles?

Posted on November 17 2015

At BANGLE CREATIONS we believe every occasion warrants an accessory and in particular bangles! However what is the true significance behind why we wear Indian/Asian inspired bangles? I used to believe it was to add a bit of bling to my outfits however there is deeper significance behind why we wear bangles.

The significance and meaning differs depending on where you originate from:

  • In the southern Indian states, gold is considered extremely auspicious. In some communities, the brides wear green coloured glass bangles along with the gold ones, since green signifies fertility and prosperity.
  • In Bengal, a new bride wears a conch shell bangle and a red coral bangle, which are locally called shakha and pola. Apart from this, the mother-in-law gifts her daughter-in-law a gold plated iron bangle the moment she enters her new household (not bad to be showered in gifts!
  • In Rajasthan and Gujarat, the brides wear such ivory bangles or chooda as well. In Gujarat, the bride’s uncle gives her the chooda in a ceremony called mameru, along with the bridal silk saree with the red border.
  • In Punjab, brides-to-be wear ivory and red bangles called chooda. Similar to Gujarat, the uncle gifts her a set of chooda. If you ever ponder past a lady looking happy, in love and wearing a gorgeous bangle set then its becuase she has just got married - she is supposed to wear these bangles for a minimum of forty days or longer depending on the individual family’s custom.
  • In Maharashtra, the bridal chooda is significantly different. The brides wear green glass bangles in odd numbers. The green signifies creativity, new life and fertility. They wear these along with solid gold bangles called patlya and carved kadas called tode. The gold bangles are usually gifted by the groom's family - presents means smiles :-)

Whilst bangles generally are associated with our brides to be - its become more and more of a custom to add them to all asian/indian attire - lets be frank, it doesn't feel right unless you have some bangles to match that gorgeous outfit. 

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