Traditional Indian Kalire


A gorgeous gold foil ornament dangling from the bride’s wrist, the bridal Kalire are among the elements which complete the bridal attire. These stunning umbrella–shaped danglers add more than just beauty, they are symbols of good luck and prosperity!

In an Indian wedding, all the rituals that are followed hold some cultural or religious significance for the bride and groom. The same goes for the chooda and kalire ceremony that is a part of a Punjabi wedding. These two ceremonies are especially held for the bride-to-be. Both these ceremonies are held one after the other on the morning of the wedding day, at the bride’s place.

These umbrella-shaped hangings are a unique combination with the chooda, which signifies happiness for the newlyweds and eternal love between the couple. The bride’s sisters and friends tie the kalire to her chooda. They are golden or silver in colour. The significance is to provide good wishes to the bride and to remind her of her cousins and friends whom she is going to leave behind when she gets married. Also, the coconut shape of the kalire is symbolic that she never runs out of food in the new home, while the metal symbolises wealth and prosperity.