Question: Is it alright to remove the choora immediately after the laavan and before the reception? Are there certain days it needs to be removed? What is the minimum time I need to wear it before I can take it off?
Thank you for your question. Traditionally, the choora was worn for one year after the wedding, but today brides can choose to wear it for any length of time up to one year. Tradition states that once the choora is removed, brides can begin their role as the woman of the house and begin to take over duties from their mother-in-law. Many brides choose to remove their choora after the wedding and wear a new one for the reception which matches their attire for the evening. There is no rule to this, rather family custom usually dictates when a bride will remove her choora. Brides can wear it for 7 days, 21 days, 90 days or any length of time up to one year depending on the family’s tradition. It was custom for brides to wear it for 40 days and on the 40th day her husband would remove it for her. It is best to consult your future mother-in-law and follow their traditions, as customs vary from family to family.
Your Auntyji has also seen situations in which the bride will remove it for the reception, but then put it back on for the required number of days according to her family.
The choora is a significant part of Punjabi weddings and is adorned upon the bride-to-be during a special ceremony the night before the wedding. The maternal uncle puts the choora on the bride which symbolizes the beginning of her new life. Traditionally, the colours of a choora were red and ivory and brides would wear 21 bangles on each arm. Today, choora’s come in many colours and designs, but they are still two alternating colours and are worn as a set of 21 bangles on each arm. The choora is a distinct set of bangles with two alternating colours which symbolizes that a woman is newly married.
Good luck and remember that the choora is a beautiful part of Punjabi culture that is meant to enhance a wedding, not create stress.