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Mehndi ki raat or the Mehndi night is one of the important prewedding rituals in India which is celebrated a day before the wedding ceremony and is often combined with ‘sangeet’ ceremony and in many weddings it has lot of live music and dance just like in the video above:) . It is fun and celebrated with close knit friends and relatives. This song is definitely played in most of the Mehndi nights.
It is an age old tradition in a big fat Indian wedding where Mehndi is applied elaborately on bride's hands and a token of application (a henna mark) is done on groom's hands as it is thought to be a good omen. The intricate design patterns will just leave you puzzled. I always observe the Mehndi-wallahs (those who apply Mehndi) very keenly and every damn time I am flabbergasted as I don't understand how they make so beautiful designs so quickly. Practice makes man perfect and mehndi perfect too :) Mostly men do the mehndi designs on bride's hands and legs during weddings and do it with such an expertise that you can't take your eyes off their work and the designs! Mehndi ceremony is popular even in Bangladesh , Pakistan and other Arab countries.
We also have varieties in Mehndi like Arabic design , Rajasthani (Indian), Pakistani and African. To know more check here. Mehndi designs are also modernized with ornaments , crystals and sparkles! Hyderabad is one such city where you get many talented Mehndi wallahs.
"Some popular cultural beliefs of Mehndi"
- The darker the mehndi stronger is the bonding and love between the couple :P (but I have seen happy couples where bride's mehndi is not that dark or where bride doesn't get mehndied at all :P :D )
- Same concept above is applied to the bonding between mother in law and the bride. ( I want to chase the person who invented this theorem :P )
- Mehndi has medicinal properties. It has a cooling effect and soothes from stress, head aches and fevers. (how ever few people are allergic to the mehndi smell)
- In bride's mehndi design groom's name / initials are hidden which groom has to find. This is a fun ice breaking ceremony between bride and the groom!
"Mehndi bloopers" :P
- If you apply Mehndi and go to office, strangers also may ask you - "What is the occasion ?" Once a bunch of folks almost believed that I got married seeing my mehndi applied on a festival day :-o!
- We have a biometric swipe in to enter in to the office where the swipe machine recognises my finger print. One fine day my swipe was not working at all. When I complained I was told it might be due to mehndi and that I should try it once it fades off.
- I safeguard my mehndi hands so that they don't spoil the things around but the more I safeguard them, the more they destroy a cushion cover , a curtain , a new stole etc etc :(
That's all for now folks. Below is the pic of my mehndied hands and legs on the day before my wedding :)Pinterest if you want to try.
This is my 13th post for "A to Z blogging Challenge 2014"