Pre Wedding Ceremonies

Traditional Mehndi (Henna) Pre Wedding Ceremonies

In Morocco, Pakistan, India, and other surrounding countries, the wedding party has a traditional Mehndi (Henna) pre wedding celebration which happens a day prior to the marriage ceremony. Much like a grooms dinner or rehearsal party the night before…

and is slated to be one of the most important ceremonies amongst others.  It is mostly a ladies ritual, kind of like a bachelorette party would be held in the states  This is where the bride to be is adorned with, on her hands and feet, beautiful and intricate floral design patterns where the grooms name may be added into the design.  In some traditions according to Wikipedia.com the event generally has a celebratory festival feel to it with the women dancing and singing traditional songs and the girls wearing vivid colors.  Henna was first used by Egyptians’ using mud to create patterns and this is where it originated from.

In these types of rituals and ceremonies, someone in the bride’s family usually applies the Henna or at times a professional Mehndi artist is brought in to perform the intricate, yet beautiful design task.  According to Wikihow.com, Henna is a paste made from the crushed leaves and twigs of the henna plant, which is grown in South Asian and North African countries. When henna is applied to the skin, it leaves a stain ranging in color from orange to dark maroon that fades within 1 to 2 weeks.  Moisturizing with natural oils will help extend the lifetime of the stain. Skin exfoliation will causes the henna tattoo to fade.

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