Yesterday was the Sagai & Mehndi Ceremony for my Brother & Sister-in-law (to be ... still!) ... While I continue to enjoy this wonderful time with my family, I will leave you with an old post of mine which I had Guest Posted this on Grit & Glamour last year. It has glimpses from my own wedding!
Relevance of Mehndi in Hindu Traditions
|Photo by Juanita Tommy. |
This ceremony is usually held one night before the wedding. The application of the mehndi on a bride’s hand (starting from the elbows) and feet (starting from below the knees) takes no less than 6-to-7 hours. Family and friends also apply one of the simpler designs of mehndi to celebrate with the bride-to-be.
One of the myths (just for fun, really!) involved with mehndi is that the darker the color of mehndi would be, the more your husband-to-be would love you. That is the reason why, even after its application the mehndi is kept on overnight to get a deeper, darker color on the palms. Traditionally, after her marriage, a girl does not indulge in any household work till the mehndi fades out completely (giving more time to the bride to get to know her husband and new family). For several centuries Indian marriages have been arranged by their parents and/or elders, thus such small rituals gave more time for couples to spend time together and built their marriage.
There after mehndi is applied on all important occasions and festivals. More than anything, it’s application is considered seemly and auspicious.
Below are the images from the mehndi ceremony where the mehndi is still on the hands (scraping off a little, as it’s dry).
This is the next day (the wedding day) so the mehndi is completely scraped-off now and you can see the deep brown color.