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Bangles have been an integral part of the culture of India since ancient times. To an Indian woman, bangles are not just an accessory or an ornament; they are a part of her identity and essence, they enhance her feminine grace.
A bangle is a rigid bracelet and can be made of glass, metal, lac, wood or plastic. Bangles are significant during festivals like Teej and Karva Chauth, but even more so during weddings and the many rituals that go with them. Married women wearing bangles signify good health and prosperity for the husband. Each state or region in India has its own set of traditions for the color of bangles, number of bangles to be worn by a bride during the wedding ceremony and later on as a married woman. Even the colors have a special meaning — green bangles for luck, red for energy, gold for fortune, etc. Glass bangles can be worn by themselves or with a combination of gold bangles.
The smaller the size of the glass bangle, the less likely it will break. A young lady may have the churiwala (bangle seller) put the bangles on her hand or slip them on by herself with the help of a little oil or cream.
With the changing fashion scene, bangles today are worn not only by married women but the younger generation as well. They’ve become more of a fashion statement. In days gone by, women would wear a dozen glass bangles on each hand and go about their daily chores, taking care not to break them. In this modern age, with women joining the mainstream work force, plastic or metal bangles have taken the place of the traditional glass. Bangles have become more fashionable, glitzy and glamorous. Yet the traditional churiwala still wields his way through Indian village streets, fascinating young belles with his colorful ware.
Bangles have and will always be a huge part of an Indian girl’s life- be they a fashion accessory, her wedding chuda, or the red and green glass bangles worn as a married woman … they always bring smiles, joy and happiness not only to her but her entire family.