Poonam + Vikram
Punjabi Wedding Ceremony
Haldi Ceremony and Choora Ceremony
For those who are familiar with Indian weddings, they will know, it is full of beautiful rituals and wonderful traditions all celebrated to get the beautiful bride ready for her journey as a married woman. Here’s a look back to a cultural celebration of Haldi and Choora ceremony of one of our recent bride Dr. Poonam Sood.
Haldi (Turmeric) Ceremony
Haldi (Turmeric) is known for its anti-inflammatory and other healing properties, because of which it has special benefits in Indian homes. In Indian weddings, this amazing ingredient has an entire ceremony to its name.
Most people believe that the reason for applying haldi is to ward off evil spirits from affecting the bride and the groom. This is why, the bride and groom are usually not allowed to leave their home after the haldi ceremony, till their wedding mahurat. In some traditions, they are also tied a sacred red thread or given some small amulets and other items for protection against evil eye.
Since turmeric or haldi is known for its medicinal properties as well as being antiseptic, an application of this ingredient before marriage would ensure that the bride and groom are blessed with blemish-free skin. It also ensures that the couple is protected against any cuts, bruises or ailments before the wedding.
The yellow color of turmeric is considered very auspicious in the Indian traditions. The auspiciousness of this ingredient and its color ushers in a life of prosperity for the couple, who are starting off their new life together. This is why, in many cultures the bride and groom wear yellow clothes on their wedding day as well.
The choora ceremony is usually held on the morning of the wedding day. Bride’s maternal uncle and aunt give her a set of choora (21 bangles in red and white ivory) by dipping them inside a milk and water concoction first.
A puja or havan is usually organised during the chooda ceremony. The bangles are first purified with milk and rose petals. Before it is put on the bride’s wrist by her maternal uncle, all the close relatives touch the chooda as a mark of their blessings. After that, the wrist is covered with a white cloth, as the bride cannot see the choora till the time of the wedding ceremonies.
Not only that, it is also known to bring good luck for the newlyweds. Also, red is a very important color for a married woman as it is believed to strengthen the bond between a couple. Fertility and prosperity are two words that can be easily associated with the choora. According to tradition, bangles were usually worn by way of bride for a full year as being a symbol of her staying newly married or it can be worn for a minimum period of 40-45 days after the wedding day.
Photo credits: Anurag Singh Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Seven Ivory Brides Event Planning