The Red in its Elegance- Henna

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When life gives you lemons, use them to make henna!   

Crush the leaves of a Lawsonia Inermis plant into a fine powder and add lemon juice to create this cosmetic paste.     

With uses both artistic and medicinal, henna (also known as mehndi) has beautified Indian brides for more than 5,000 years. The solution is typically applied to a bride’s hands and feet in fine lines to create paisley and floral patterns. The woman of the hour will arrange a mehndi party with female attendants only days before the wedding, much like a bachelorette party. It is believed that the darker the bride’s henna appears, the stronger her marriage will be. Unlike tattoos, henna is temporary, lasting three to seven days.     

Applying Mehandi isn't the just theme for the day...    

The Mehndi event is a colorful and fun celebration held the night before the wedding, which is traditionally celebrated by the women on the bride’s side of the family. Generally, a professional mehndi artist or relative will apply henna in intricate designs to the hands and feet of the bride and other women in the family. These intricate designs symbolize joy, beauty, spiritual awakening and offering. The bride’s Mehendi sometimes goes half way to her knees. There is music, dance and full “Bollywood tamasha!”    

There are several games played after this ritual, like, the groom is supposed to find his names hidden in the art.     

Truly, Indian culture is so vivid and diverse.    

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