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Mehendi - Indian Wedding Tradition

 

Indian Hindu weddings are known for maintaining old rituals, elaborate traditions and grandeur. A typical wedding in India spans 2-5 days and is almost a carnival-like celebration filled with colorful attire, jewelry, music, traditional food and a variety of cultural rituals.

One of the oldest traditions common to most India weddings is the "Mehendi" (henna) ceremony.

Indian Wedding Mehendi

The Mehendi event is a colorful, fun celebration held the night before the wedding. Intricate henna tatoos - called Mehendi is applied to the bride's hands and feet. Other women in the family too indulge in this. These detailed, traditional designs symbolize joy, beauty, spiritual awakening and offering. As for the groom, a small pattern with henna is considered a good omen.

It is an occasion for both families (bride and groom) to have some fun, mixed with the usual dancing and feasting. Mehendi represents the bond of matrimony and is therefore, considered a sign of good luck. It signifies love and affection between the couple and their families.