The Story of Henna

The art of Henna is a tradition practiced by various cultures and is used to adorn a woman's body as part of a social or holiday celebration. Henna application in India is known as Mehndi, which is a part of Vedic customs in representing the Outer and Inner Sun. These customs are used to awaken one's "inner light."

Henna is a unique way to decorate your skin.  Traditionally, brides adorn their hands and feet with breathtaking patterns that mimic the embroidery in their bridal gowns & jewelry.  Henna is a paste that is applied onto skin in a certain pattern often on the hands, arms and feet and can last 1-4 weeks, but usually it looks fresh for about a week and fades after that, depending on how fast your skin is renewing itself.   Swimming, washing dishes and doing housework or strenuous activity like rock-climbing or yoga can accelerate the fading process.

Typically applied to brides before their wedding ceremonies, Henna is also used for other social and religious occasions such as Eid, Nikah, Baby Shower, Tummy Blessings, Karva Chauth, Holi, and Housewarming Parties.

There are so many beautiful photos of Henna designs.  I simply chose some of my favorites.

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