NRI grooms chose garlands made with dollar bills !

It is a common tradition for Indian bridegrooms to wear garlands made of currency notes, NRI grooms however prefer dollar garlands to establish their status, some also take the garlands abroad.

Many shops in Delhi who are unable to procure the currency, make the garlands with the dollars given to them by the NRIs. One store has been making the garlands for some 25 years in west Delhi. Most Punjabi families who have relatives settled abroad feature the currency accessory. The garland or maala can cost up to Rs.2000 and more elaborate ones that are embedded with stones cost more.

One store owner said one groom had his garland made with British pounds.

Some people in the trade say the currency note garland trend is on the wane in India, but NRIs still want them for their weddings.

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