The Mehndi ceremony is a long standing tradition in Indian culture. It is a small intimate affair complete with lots of food, and the closest guests of the bride (similar to a bachelorette party). Guests watch as mehndi is applied liberally to the bride’s hands and feet. Family and friends also partake in having mehndi applied to their hands and feet, but these designs are much simpler compared to the bride. Cooling properties of the plant are said to calm pre-wedding jitters. Traditionally, the husband-to-be’s name or initials are hidden somewhere in the art for him to find on the wedding night as an ice breaker in the more traditional arranged marriages. I really like this article about the Mehndi Ceremony.
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