Informative Post - Bangles1:01 AM
|Bangles displayed at a local shop |
Disclaimer: The rites and rituals mentioned here are the ones followed in Hinduism. India has many religions and castes which might have different interpretation of Bangles.
Bangles otherwise known as “Churi” or “Kangan” in Hindi, were originally worn as ‘one’ of the many signs of matrimony. Today, in modern India, everyone from single to married, young to old woman wears it as a fashion accessory. However, if you were to go into the interiors of the country, in smaller towns and villages you would find that mostly only married women wear glass bangles in a bunch along with a gold/silver bangle towards the two ends of the bunch. While single girls could still wear bangles [in any color except red], widows however, are not allowed to wear any colored glass bangles.
Originally the only material in which bangles were made was glass. However, due to lack of durability, over the decades they are now available in wooden, plastic, metallic, etc. Also, their design has taken a flight from circular to all different kinds of shapes now [square, oval, etc.]. After checking with my grandmother (and Internet) I have discovered that different color of the bangles signifies different meanings.
Few common colors and their significance:
Blue - Signifies Wisdom
Green - Signifies Luck
Yellow - Signifies Happiness
Gold - Signifies Fortunes
One of the first gifts given to a girl by her in-laws is usually a pair of gold-bangles as a form welcoming her to the family.
A married woman is required to wear bangles to signify all the above for her husband. One of the interesting anecdote involved is that sudden breakage of the bangles is considered inauspicious and could bring bad luck to one’s husband.
Also, the day before the wedding, there is a ceremony where the bride-to-be is asked to wear a few bangles which are a size smaller [with the help of a moisturizer/oil]. These bangles signify ‘loving’ and ‘happy’ consummation of the marriage [till they all ‘naturally’ break!]
Today, the bangles are worn throughout the world! Women color co-ordinate them with the outfits, wear them in one hand or both, in a big bunch or as single piece and we take it as one of the many ‘colorful’ contributions to world of fashion!