Modern Mehendi Ceremony

5 Aug

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One of the ceremonies many brides-to-be and the young friends,cousins etc look forward to most is the mehendi, without a doubt.

And though the art of mehendi is an ancient one that goes back centuries, it’s also become a bit trendy — it’s caught the fancy of brides across the country and even abroad.

The mehendi ceremony usually takes place one or two days before the wedding at the bride’s place.

But with mehendi ceremonies growing bigger each passing year, the ladies and unmarried girls from both sides (bride and groom) gather well in advance at a chosen venue, where the bride’s hands and feet are gorgeously adorned. Not to be left out, guests often seize the chance to decorate their hands with intricate mehendi designs, too.

So to ensure that the mehendi is rich and dark, brides often adopt some special techniques. For example, they start with the best mehendi power available. Then, to try to preserve the results, the bride’s friends or family often heat up some cloves, and touch the warmed cloves to the bride’s palms. It’s also not uncommon for brides to periodically apply a combination of lemon and sugar to the designs — it’s supposed to ensure a richer, longer-lasting color.

Other common tricks of the trade are to heat mehendi-decorated hands over the stove. Once the mehendi dries, it is recommended to scrub it with coconut oil. They also suggest you keep your hands dry for at least 24 hours.

Today’s mehendi ceremony is often flanked by a grand spread of delicious dishes — to the delight of invitees! And families who want to fold even more opulence into the proceedings even send out separate invitations to friends and relatives for the pre-wedding mehendi function.

Thanks to the all-pervasive influence of popular films and TV shows, not to mention music videos that popularize fashionable mehendi ceremonies, the mehendi ceremonies have expanded to incorporate more and more trends carefully chosen to complement the bridal attire.

 

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3 Responses to “Modern Mehendi Ceremony”

  1. Muzzammil August 5, 2007 at 7:37 pm #

    Mehendi looks really beautiful. n i mean it.

  2. xxmalihaxx August 6, 2007 at 12:37 pm #

    It is…jst luv it! 😛

  3. Val August 8, 2007 at 10:20 am #

    eutaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

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