The true significance of Bangles in Indian culture

Bangles are one of the most important ornaments that an Indian woman wears. For married women, bangles are a considered a significant sign of their ‘suhaag’. Even for young and single girls exhibiting bare hands is thought to be quite inauspicious. Bangles have always been an inseparable part of Indian culture. No wonder, bangles feature in many of our filmy and folk songs. Let us take a look at what makes bangles such a special part of the Indian culture. The identity of every Indian bride

Bangles are one of the most important ornaments that an Indian woman wears. For married women, bangles are a considered a significant sign of their ‘suhaag’. Even for young and single girls exhibiting bare hands is thought to be quite inauspicious. Bangles have always been an inseparable part of Indian culture. No wonder, bangles feature in many of our filmy and folk songs. Let us take a look at what makes bangles such a special part of the Indian culture.

The identity of every Indian bride

Bangles have now become much trendier in order to suit a contemporary look, but they are in vogue, just like they were millennia ago. For traditional ocassions, traditional bangles are used invariably. Although various geometrical designs are used nowadays to give the bangles a funky look, circular glass bangles are always used for traditional ceremonies. They are known by different names in different states of the country. But they are equally important parts of Indian tradition, notwithstanding the geographical boundaries.
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The traditional significance of bangles

Every state has a separate set of rituals that are associated with bangles.

  • In Bengal, the mother-in-law gifts her daughter-in-law an iron bangle which is usually plated with gold, the moment she enters her new household. Apart from this, the newlywed women are also presented with a pair each of conch shell bangles and red coral bangles, both of which signify their marital status.
  • In Punjab, new brides are made to wear ivory bangles or Chuda teamed with red bangles. They are supposed to wear these bangles for a given period of time which may be a month or a year depending on the family custom.

  • In Rajasthan and Gujarat, the brides are presented with ivory bangles by their mothers before taking the ‘Saat Pheras’ or the seven rounds around the holy fire.
  • In the southern states, green coloured bangles are worn by the bride since green signifies fertility and prosperity. Pregnant women are gifted bangles of various colours through a ritual called Valaikaapu held in the seventh month of pregnancy.

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Bangles are not just ornaments

In the Indian culture, bangles are not only worn as ornaments but they stand as a symbol of marriage. They are thought to bring good fortune and sound health for the husband. During marriage, brides are made to wear small bangles that are pushed into their hands with the help of perfumed oil. This is believed to fill her married life with love and affection.

Bangles are an inevitable part of an Indian woman. Indian women wear and flaunt their bangles with pride. They are a part of her personality, rather than just a part of her clothing ensemble. 

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