The word ‘Mehndi’ is derived from the sanskrit word ‘Mendhika’. Also known as ‘Henna’ it is the temporary form of skin decoration which is used from ancient times in India. The application of mehndi is also mentioned in the ‘Vedic’ ritual books. It is believed to be an important Vedic custom meant to awaken the inner light. In India, Indian mehndi Designs is drawn during occasions like weddings and festivals like Karva Chauth, Diwali, Bhaidooj and Teej.
The Mehndi ceremony is mainly held at the bride’s house few days before the marriage. The bride and the groom attend the ceremony together and mehndi is applied by a professional henna artist or by a relative to the bride’s hands and feet. It is celebrated like a festival with people wearing traditional Indian attire and dancing and singing traditional songs.
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Earlier a relative of the bride used to design the mehndi. Various patterns of Mehndi are applied to the bride before the wedding ceremonies. These rituals are carried in different ways on the basis of customs and culture. But nowadays professional henna artists are available to design the mehndi for the bride. They charge you on the basis of designs and patterns offering various packages making it affordable to you according to your budget. But for the best you need to spend the best possible in terms of money.
The most famous patterns are Indian Mehndi , Arabic Mehndi and Pakistani Mehndi . Of these the Indian designs are very famous but all these patters have their own cultural touch and are unique from each other. The Indian designs are the ‘Shahi’ or Royal, contemporary, traditional or simple as you wish to apply according to your choice. In traditional mehndi designs a sun used to be drawn on the palm which symbolizes the mind.
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Mehndi is applied to the skin using a plastic cone or a paint brush, the painted area is then wrapped with tissue, plastic or medical tape for three to six hours sometimes overnight to lock the body heat so as to get a more intense colour on the skin. When the plastic is removed the design is pale to dark orange in colour and gradually darkens through oxidation in 24-72 hours giving it a reddish brown colour which lasts from one to three weeks depending on the quality and type of henna paste applied.
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