Mehendi A Wedding Ceremony:
The wedding is a sacred incident in everyone life. The wedding contains many rituals and customs. The bride and groom followed rituals by the guidance of priests. Among the rituals, Mehendi ritual is one. Mehendi Ceremony is a pre-wedding ritual, celebrated at Grand in India. According to the historians, this ritual came part in the wedding since the 15th century. When Babur founded the Mughal Emperor in India, the rulers brought Mehendi plants to India. At the beginning, the Mehendi leaves were made as paste and apply on the bride’s hands. In recent time making the power and apply it on the hands and feets of the Bride. After some time the paste has dried and left red colour behind dried Mehendi.
The Mehendi ceremony has a deep significance, the colour of Mehendi symbolizes the strength and bondage between the couple. The Bride believes that her Mehendi dried with bright red colour indicates life would be happier and more prosperous. The elders in the family believe that the brightness of red colour indicates how much a bride’s soon-to-be-husband loves her.
During the Mehendi ceremony, the Bride’s feet and hands designed beautifully with Henna paste. A Bride retains her Mehendi for a long time, this indicated husband loves her more and the bondage strengthens a long time between the couple. This ceremony conducts at the bride’s house before two days of the marriage. The female play the major role in this ceremony. During the ceremony, the participants wore colourful Indian traditional dresses. They create a great pomp by dancing while playing vibrant music.
After the wedding, the Bride not allowed to do any house work until all the Henna vanishes its red colour. In North India during the Mehendi ceremony, the expert draw the pictures of Bride and groom over the hands.
Availability of Henna:
These plants generally grown in hot weather regions, especially in India, Pakistan, Egypt, Morocco, Persia and some other Asian and North African countries. The plant’s leaves made as paste and apply on the hands and feet of the Bride. For the business purpose, the plant’s flowers, leaves and twigs chopped into pieces and made in the form of powder. Tea, Tamarind, Lemon, Sugar and Buttermilk added to the powder to make the Henna paste. Some different oils also mixed to the paste before applying to hands.