Art & Culture

Mehndi Designs

Andrew Parker
Mar 31, 2023

Mehndi is a tinted paste that people put on their hands and feet to put a temporary design on their bodies. It lasts for about 1 to 2 weeks and is usually applied by the women before an auspicious event. It is supposed to symbolize good health and prosperity and make you feel pretty without the burden of having it permanently. Most people in the subcontinent apply it the day before the day of their wedding to wish the bride good luck for the next chapter of her life. There is also a tradition to hide the name of the groom in the mehndi and if he finds it, they will live a long and happy life. It is made from the leaves of herbal trees and is free of any chemicals. It smells amazing and you can create beautiful designs all over your body. It also has a cooling effect so people from the hotter region tend to apply it more often.

Mehndi is also henna and in South Asian countries, the day before the wedding ceremony, they celebrate a mehndi function with lots of food and of course henna. The bride wears a yellow and colorful dress and sometimes matches with her bridesmaids. The men usually stay at home while the women sing songs and apply haldi and henna to each other. This is not only applied during weddings but also during any other function. There are many designs you can choose to apply on your hands from florals to circles and a simple tikka in the middle of the palm.