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Let your mehndi go darker as we deepen our knowledge on the application of Henna In Wedding And Traditions around the globe!
- Kheena Pech
Meaning Henna Paste, Kheena is traditionally used in Afghan as a symbol of bliss and fortune. It is applied by men/women on various celebrations and festivals (weddings, Shabe-e-Barat, Nawroz, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and circumcision!)
- Mehndi Shondha
The Evening of Mehndi or Mehendi Shondha is arranged in Bangladesh. Traditionally, 2 such night events happen on the bride and groom side each. The prime focus is on adorning the bride and groom before the wedding.
- Mehndi ki Raat and Rasm-e-Hina
Like in Bangla, in India and Pakistan, on various Hindu and Muslim celebrations and festivals, the application of Henna is liked. The ceremony of Mehndi ki Raat (North India) and Rasm-e-Hina happens before weddings by families of both sides.
- The Henna Night
- The bride and her friends get together to celebrate Henna night in Egypt, before the wedding day.
- In the Muslim, Christian and Jewish groups of the Middle East, Israel, the custom of a Henna party is done a night or week before the wedding day.
- Staining With Henna To Purify
In Bulgaria, a particular cultural group follows the tradition of applying lots of Henna patterns on the bride, showing the consummation of marriage. It is also believed that the longer the Henna will last, the more the husband would love his wife.
Mailanchi or Henna in weddings and traditions happens in Kerala as well. Ladies also adorn hands randomly with Henna.
A farewell ritual for the newlyweds, The Henna Ritual, happens in Iran before the wedding. It is a symbol of the beginning of new life in a new house, together.
- Berinai Ceremony
Before the wedding, the hands of the bride and groom are Hennaed in beautiful patterns in Malaysia.
- Naqsh For Special Life Events
- The term, in Moroccans, Naqsh means inscribing or painting. The tradition is to apply Henna to various life-changing events in life.
- The Day of Henna (ceremony) is celebrated post-wedding. Henna is applied to the hands of the bride to scare away might be envious sinful spirits.
- Azmomeng (Conducted on Thursday, pre-wedding, guests apply Henna on the bride)
- Pact of Umar (Jewish tradition): Groom dresses in complete black for Henna painting after the wedding.
- Hennaed Toes and Finger
Islamic tradition, in Somalia, Henna is used to adorn the feet and hands of the young lady for the wedding. It is also used to dye hair and colour toes and fingers.
- Was Once Applied On Face and Hair…
Henna was cultivated in Spain before 1614 and was applied by people on the face and hair. Its harvesting was stopped after the Moriscos came to an end.
- Holy Henna
The Henna must be applied on hands and feet as a holiness symbol during happy events (especially weddings and circumcisions) in Sudan.
- Henna Is A Must!
Henna symbolises good fortune in Tunisia for especially the bride-to-be. Brides are adorned with Henna on the day of rituals. Although, the groom is also present.
- Shoo away the evil!
The bride is taken back home to get Hennaed (and incense is lit) from between the ritualistic Henna Party amongst the Yemen Jews. It is full of songs and dance, all to shoo away the evil spirit. Henna itself is believed to be a herb that wards off misfortune. The bride marks the palms of guests with Henna, representing all: marriage consummation, longevity and shooing away dark Jinn spirits.
Thus, using Henna In Weddings And Traditions remains one of the most essential rituals, especially in cultural sects (Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Hindus etc.) of Asian and European states. Nonetheless, today, the sacred art of Henna has found its way to western nations as well. In fact, celebrities like Priyanka Chopra and Rihanna have popularised globally!
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