More commonly known as Choodi in Hindi and Churi in Bengali, Bangles are like a set of bracelets usually made of glass, silver, copper, wood, plastic and mostly worn by South Asian women. But a single bangle made of steel or iron when worn alone is called Kada – which can be worn by all sexes. Bangles hold a great traditional value in Hinduism and Kada is used more in Sikhism traditions.

If you live in India you might know that it is a very common myth that it’s inauspicious for a married woman to have bare wrists, which has now come down to specifically new brides. They have to wear glass or gold bangles, or both, especially on their wedding day and honeymoon.

Fact: Glass is made of sand/silicon, a natural particle that prevails in the upper layer of Earth. So it’s eco-friendly.

Bangles are not just accessories. You might think- Yes they are traditional, they’re a part of our culture, they make a woman more beautiful, but there is so much more to bangles than that.
There are legit scientific observations which can tell you the logical reasons for wearing bangles.

1. Blood circulation and energy: Normally the wrist portion is in constant activation on any human. Also, the pulse beat in this portion is mostly checked for all sorts of ailments. The Bangles used by women are normally in the wrist part of one’s arm, and its constant friction increases the blood circulation level. And, the electricity passing out through the outer skin is again reverted to one’s own body because of the ring-shaped bangles, which have no ends to pass the energy outside but to send it back to the body.

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2. The foetus craves acoustic stimuli: Bangles are gifted to women during the baby shower because the tinkle of bangles provides acoustic stimuli for the baby. Studies have shown that cheerful or calming music reduces a pregnant woman's stress and depression and helps the foetus develop the ability to hear. A pregnant woman who is stressed out is more likely to give birth to a preterm or underweight baby, gynaecologists say.

3. Emotional balance: A research made on ladies wearing glass bangles and those wearing bangles made of other synthetic materials had revealed that glass bangles vibrated and are pacifiers and moderators of strong emotions. Those wearing non-glass bangles were found to be restive and excessively emotional, to given situations and stimulus, in the experiments conducted.

4. Positivity: Glass bangles were found to absorb the goodness and purity from the atmosphere and the elements prevailing in the natural environs around and radiate them on to the wearer. The sound caused due to the jostling of bangles with each other also found to be soothing and gentle on the environs and the sound echoed the serenity of the surroundings onto the wearer, back. Also, glass bangles repulsed the bad vibes in the surroundings and protected the body of the wearer from evil agents in the atmosphere.

5. The essence of colours: Two colours of bangles are recommended -Red and Green. Those from South, like Maharashtra and Karnataka, wear Green coloured glass bangles. And women from the North, like UP and Punjab, wear Red ones. Green has a divine quality of being peaceful and vibrant while red has the power to destroy evil. Bangles which have gold coloured work on them are not as effective and they do not pass on the benefit that plain coloured glass bangles do.

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So, the next time you see a woman wearing bangles, ask her why she wears them. And if she doesn’t know, you can start the conversation by telling her these facts like a geek!

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