NEW DELHI: The pomp of the big, fat north Indian weddings is legendary. One of the most visible ceremonial props is the garland of currency notes that the groom wears. In shops and street baraats, it is common to spot the horse-riding groom sporting a garland made of Rs 10, Rs 100, Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 notes.
Hi, Cynthia, it should be "varmala" instead. "Var" means "bridegroom" and "mala" means "garland".These are called jaimala or vaimala, but are not mainstream in English. I would use "Indian wedding garland."
Keith, from pictures I've seen it appears that the brides may also wear them.
OK, Indian sub-continent wedding garland. But wait... they use wedding garlands (leis) in Hawaii tooI believe these garlands are common in other countries of the sub-continent too, not only India