Mehndi In Indian Culture
Mehndi holds a lot of cultural significance in Indian traditions. It is used for beauty and healing purposes. Many elaborate rituals were built around the practice of applying mehandi to the skin.
Mehndi in Indian tradition is typically applied during special Hindu weddings and Hindu festivals like Karva Chauth, Vat Purnima, Diwali, Bhai Dooj and Teej.Muslims in the Indian subcontinent also apply Mehndi during festivals such as Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha
Mehndi plays a very important role in our culture that in fact, one whole wedding rite is dedicated to its celebration popularly known as Mehndi Ceremony.This Ceremony is among the pre wedding rituals in Indian weddings performed a day prior to the marriage with much gusto.
Use of mehndi is considered immensely auspicious in Indian tradition, especially within Hindus, who would consider Mehndi part of the customary 16 adornments or Solah Shringaar.Even the color of mehndi is given high importance in Indian culture ,it is believed that darker the colour,mehandi leaves on the bride's hand,the more will she loved by her husband and mother-in-law. It depicts love and affection between the couple as it is also believed that the longer it retains, the more auspicious it is.
It is also considered as a shagun mostly denoted by the pattern of large dot in the centre of the hand with four smaller dots at the sides.
In todays era of modernization, the new styles and designs of mehndi are coming up, adding glamour and fun to it. Traditional Indian designs include peacock motifs, floral designs, bride/groom replicas and other elements that cover every inch of the hand, forearms, feet and calves.
Mehandi is not only important because of the belief systems. It is also known for medicinal properties ,it is also popular for its cooling effects.Thus, used in hot climates in India. It can also help in lowering body temperature and soothe headaches, fevers, burning feet and even violent temper
Mehndi (Henna) is in vogue these days with much experimentation happening on ways of its application. It is now prominently used, especially in the West, to make tattoos on different parts of the body. It is now being used for body art as well.