Indian weddings are usually full of rituals. In fact, the beauty of Indian weddings comes from the many traditions associated with a special celebration. It is impossible to imagine an Indian wedding without dancing, music and fun. In addition, Indian weddings are not a one-day ceremony. Pre-wedding ceremonies begin before the wedding, and sometimes can last week celebrations. Among the many traditions that are intertwined in Indian weddings, one of the most famous is the ceremony Mehendidesigns(henna painting).
Beliefs related to the mehendi ceremony General belief: the darker the color of mehendi on the hands of the bride, the more she will be loved by her husband and mother-in-law. However, the value of the use of mehendi during weddings is not limited only to feelings and beliefs. Although these beliefs make the use of mehendi a long-awaited and charming tradition, but the real reasons for it have a much deeper meaning, which is sometimes forgotten now.
In addition to leaving the color on the hands, mehendi is a very powerful medicinal plant. A wedding is stressful, and often, stress causes headaches and fevers. As the wedding day approaches, excitement mixes with nervous anticipation and can have a negative effect on the bride and groom. Mehendi can prevent too much stress, because it cools the body and prevents nerve tension. This is the reason why mehendi is applied on the arms and legs, the places of the nerve endings in the body.
In addition, as an antiseptic, henna mehendi can protect against some viral diseases. Such diseases are undesirable before the wedding, and this medicinal plant can serve as a shield against the disease. Any small cuts, burns and scratches that a couple can get during rituals and customs can be healed easily with mehendi. Henna improves blood circulation in the body and increases the overall immunity of the person.
In ancient times, they began to use mehendi design in order to protect the body from disease. Mehendi, which is used during Indian weddings, is not only a simple paste from henna powder and water. Eucalyptus oil, a little clove oil and a few drops of lemon are added. These oils help not only to darken the color of mehendi on the body, but also increase its medicinal advantage to health. The most pleasant thing is that the aroma, beautiful rich color and health benefits gives mehendi the ability to act as a powerful aphrodisiac.
Since the color and aroma remain for several days, it enhances the romance in the first days of the wedding.
Islamic faith also supports the use of mehendi, and its application also plays an important role during Muslim weddings. According to Islamic scripture, the Prophet considers the use of Mehendi as a drink for people suffering from diseases. Thus, it corresponds to the Hindu ideology of applying mehendi before the wedding.
The mehendi ceremony is held a couple of days before the ceremony of Nikah and is celebrated very solemnly. Over the centuries, mehendi is so ingrained in Indian traditions that today the mehendi ceremony is one of the main celebrations before the wedding.
A family member or specialist applies mehendi on the palm and feet of the bride. Carefully designed patterns are applied with a henna-filled cone for mehendi. While mehendi is applied, other family members traditionally play the drum and dance to its rhythm. Each member of the female family puts mehendi on the arms and legs. The Mehendi Ceremony is held extremely solemnly. The mehendi ceremony is held in the bride's house and, as a rule, it is held a few days before the wedding. This is a night ceremony, which is celebrated with relatives, accompanied by music, fun, and food.
Mehendi ceremony for the groom is celebrated separately at his home. The bride and groom usually during the mehendi ceremony do not dress festively, they wear casual clothes on this day. After the end of the mehendi ceremony, the bride, the relative of the bride, especially her sister, attend the groom ceremony.
Although times have changed, and many new trends in Indian weddings, the importance of the Mehendi ceremony is growing. Many families invite DJs to perform songs and parties continue until late at night. If something has changed in the ceremony, these are patterns, designs and patterns of mehendi application. So far, only complex Indian patterns are considered and applied, but today brides are experimenting using both Arabic and Indo-Arabic patterns, mixing shiny pastes along with traditional henna paste for mehendi.
Semi-precious stones are also used in patterns. Currently, the name of the groom is applied mehendi on the palm of the bride. In some regions, this is also a small ritual after the wedding. The bridegroom is asked to find his name, which is usually skillfully applied mehendi and almost invisible. The mehendi ceremony is a reflection of the rich Indian culture, combining knowledge of medicinal herbs with many beautiful feelings and beliefs. The result is a ceremony filled with fun, joy, and a wonderful forerunner of an auspicious wedding day.