A wonderful joyous occasion - The Choora. A Choora is a set of bangles that are usually red and white , traditionally made of ivory but now more often made of plastic. These bangles are worn by the bride on her wedding day. The Choora are worn for a year after the wedding day and removed by her in laws on her first wedding anniversary.
The Choora ceremony is held the day before the wedding or the morning of the wedding. The bride's maternal uncles give her a set of choorae (21 bangles in red and white). The maternal aunts assist the uncles in putting the bangles on. The bangles are dipped in a milk and water mixture before putting them on the bride to be. This is followed by the bride being given a red chunni scarf and gifting her with jewellery. The maternal aunts and uncles are given milk to drink.
The next part of the evening is usually the Jaago - this was such fun. Traditionally invitations were not sent out to invite people to the wedding, instead relatives would go around the village the night before the wedding with pots on their heads decorated with oil candles, singing and dancing as an open invitation to attend the wedding. The aim of the night is to make as much noise as possible so decorated sticks are banged on the floor. At Bettina's celebration it was a great excuse for the DJ to rev up the music whilst the close family relatives stood outside waiting to make a grand entry.