Punjabi brides often wear beautiful and elaborate metal bell ornaments on their wedding days. These ornaments are called kalire (pronounced “cull-EAR-ay,” also called kalira, kaleere, or kaleera), and are a gift from the bride’s unmarried sisters or female cousins. Though usually not made of precious metal, in some cases kalire may be made of gold or silver and are part of a bride’s wedding jewelry that she keeps after marriage.


During the chura ceremony, the bride’s sisters will tie kalire to her churas. The bride will often then tap her kalire against one another (sort of like the Friends sign language expletive) over her sisters’ heads. If a piece of the kalire breaks off over the sisters, it is viewed as a sign of good luck. Some superstitions view a broken kalire piece as a sign of the sisters’ upcoming nuptials. The bride wears the kalire throughout the wedding ceremony.

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