Mehndi laga ke rakhna, Doli saja ke rakhna,
Lene tuje o gori, Aayenge tere sajnaa….
Who doesn’t love Mehndi isn’t it? That dark red colour with lovely designs will certainly add more beauty to your hands.
The Mehndi ceremony that is conducted one or two days before the wedding day, is considered one of the most important and auspicious ceremonies in the pre-wedding celebration. Just imagine that day when the air is filled with the aura of green Mehndi, kids running, girls groups with all of your close relatives applying mehndi and dancing to your favourite old Bollywood songs. Everyone finding their favourite designs many days prior, then there will be professional henna artists who come to apply mehndi to the guests. Everyone sits together in rounds, singing and joking.
Have you ever asked someone why do we practice this ceremony?
Well, as per the tradition, mehndi or henna is considered as a paste that attracts positivity. So deeper the colour of the bride’s mehndi, the happier the bride and groom’s marriage will be. And the different designs symbolize blessings, joy, love and prosperity. It is also a way of wishing the bride good health and prosperity as she begins her journey to a new life. You can also apply the first letter of the groom and ask him to find and this is considered as an indication of love.
Scientifically, mehndi is made from a herb, so when it is applied on the hands and feet, it helps to cool the body, keeps the nerves from being tense and also prevents headaches and fever. It is also used to prevent stress in the bride before the wedding.
Now let’s look at the dress during the ceremony. Since mehndi is done in the day, you can go for more bright colours. Bright green, which matches the idea of mehndi can be a great choice. You can also go for orange, sky blue, peach, pink etc. People often wear salwar or lehenga during this function, but always remember to keep the sleeves short and more exposing so that you can apply henna on all your hands and legs. What about everyone wearing goggles? Sure that will make you look cool!!
The next important aspect to look for is the venue. Since this is mostly done outdoors, you can keep sofas, beds, cushions and all outside. You can decorate with flowers, colour papers and balloons. DIY is something that is trending nowadays. You can hang origami birds, flowers, lamps etc up there. If you have a large tree, then what are you looking at! Decorate that with all those things and you will get the best place to enjoy the henna at perfect comfort and beauty!! Don’t forget to have a small place for the guests to take photos because any function is incomplete without photo sessions.
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