“Mehndi, something which makes my hand beautiful” Madiha Hayaat
What is Mehndi?
Mehndi is a form of body art.
It’s a temporary skin decoration drawn on hands or legs.
Decorative designs are created on the person’s body using henna paste.
You can call it a temporary tattoo.
What is Henna?
Henna is a dye prepared from the plant Henna Tree (Lawsonia Inermis)
Due to its cooling properties, people from warmer climates (the Indian subcontinent and Africa) have been using this paste.
In Hinduism, the tradition mehndi forms one of the sixteen bridal adornments.
I am not sure whether westerners tried this art and if so they like it.
How long Henna stays on the body?
Henna dye tends to last approximately two weeks.
Once the Henna artist applies the paste on your body, keep the paste for four hours to get the stain.
Afterwards take off the paste.
Henna should not get wet for the first 24 hours. So after removing the paste, please don’t wash your hands.
The colour of the initial stain is dark orange and after 48 hours it turns to dark mahogany and i bet, you love this stain.
Traditional saying about Mehndi
It’s said that the darker the stain left by the mehndi on the body parts (hands & legs), the more love the bride will receive from her future husband and in-laws and leads a happy life.
And what about Mehndi Party?
I tell you, you love it!
Mehndi party is a pre-wedding celebration.
The most joyous occasion.
Typically done before the wedding day and held in the bride’s home.
A large wedding can see almost 200 women taking part.
As far as the party is concerned it’s said to be the woman power.
Customarily only women from both sides of the aisle attend.
Be prepared to have mehndi applied to you too.
Artists with henna paste are ready to apply mehndi to your hands.
As a foreigner, did you attend any of these Mehndi parties?
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