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The Mehndi ( Henna) wedding event

What exactly is a Mehndi party?

Mehndi—or mehendi or henna—is an ancient form of body art, originating in India and across South Asia and the Middle East. A Mehndi party is the pre-wedding celebration in Hindu and Sikh culture when the bride has the red-orange mehndi "stain" applied to her palms, back of hands, and feet. Typically held the day before the wedding, the event often has a lounge feel, with colorful pillows. Although these parties were traditionally held in the bride's home, today's bride is opting to host it at an outside venue.

Mehndi isn't just for style

There's a reason the party occurs so close to the ceremony: Tradition says the deeper the color of the bride's mehndi, the happier the bride and groom's marriage will be. Designs symbolize various blessings, luck, joy, and love.The groom's name is usually hidden somewhere in the intricate patterns.

Guests can often opt to have henna applied—though less elaborate than the bride's—so be mindful of etiquette. If you are getting henna applied, don't hog the show—keep it limited to one design and one appendage! Let everyone have their chance.Unfortunately I didn't get the chance as I was taking pictures of these special moments!

Jewelry has been a significant adornment for Indian women since ages. Its significance in an Indian woman’s life can be judged from the number of jewelry gifts she receives on a variety of auspicious occasions in her life and how even the poorest of women possess some kinds of jewelry they can afford. Indian women’s decorating themselves with jewelry is not only a customary tradition, but also has a lot of values attached to each and every jewelry piece worn by the women.

Finally Dave and Kiran got to enjoy some time together looking for hidden messages in her design. Overall this event is one not to be missed for its vibrant colours, traditional beliefs, some fun hand art, great food and just a great experience.

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