Mehndi is an integral part of festivals and other occasions in India. Mehndi is the art of applying body paint. The mehndi powder or paste is made from the Henna plant and hence mehndi is often referred to as Henna. The henna plant is a small shrub that grows in parts of India, Iran, Pakistan and Egypt. The paste that is applied to the body is made from this plant after mixing it with oil or water. The mehndi paste is applied with a towel, a piece of cloth, hands or a cone shaped thing.
The application of Mehndi plays an important role in indian festivals, gatherings as well as marriages. There is a special mehndi ceremony conducted for the bride before the actual marriage takes place. At this ceremony the family members of the two families as well as the female friends and relatives of the bride are present.
Mehndi is applied on the palms, hands, legs, feet, back and even on the other parts of the body. The other uses of henna are also widely known. It is also applied to the hair in order to dye it. If you are applying mehndi on any of your body parts then it is advisable to have the mehndi for about five hours till the colour and the design forms on the body. There are several designs that can be made using mehndi. Mehndi makers are able to use their art or creativity and come up with very interesting designs and also implement them on the body.
No Indian marriage can be complete without the auspicious ceremony of applying mehndi on the bride. Bridal mehndi is one of the most important aspects of a marriage where the bride gets mehndi applied in front of all her relatives. At this moment mehndi songs are being played at the back ground in order to create a vibrant atmosphere. Mehndi can be applied in various designs and patterns. There are several mehndi designs that you can find online and then get applied. Mehndi designs are also taught to people who want to create them through several mehndi courses in which experienced professionals teach youngsters how to apply mehndi.
The mehndi procedure takes any where from about one to three hours after which the mehndi is allowed to dry for about three to six hours. The origin of putting mehndi is not clearly known but what is known is that this ceremony has now become an integral part of festivals and gatherings in the Indian culture with people from all religious as well as cultural back grounds having the mehndi ceremony.