Mehendi ceremony is celebrated one day before marriage in presence of only ladies of the family, friends & relatives. The Mehendi will come from the groom side with some fruits & dry-fruits .
One can keep the mehendi for at least 4 hours for deep color. The Relatives or friend will apply mehendi on bride or else a professional mehendi stylist can be hired. They will apply mehendi on hand from forearm to fingertips & on feet.
As we know mehendi is known for its cooling properties , it will calm the bride’s nerves when applied on her hands & feet .Tradition is the bride & groom can’t step out of home after this ceremony till their wedding.
Its not compulsory for the groom to apply mehendi. Only some dots of mehendi on hand & feet is enough .
The relatives will sit & sings songs related to mehendi & married life
Nowadays mehendi cones are readily available in the market. Although organic mehendi mixture can be prepared at home by drying the mehendi leaves under the sun & grinding it to a fine powder. To make a paste add some water,niligiri /eucalyptus oil & lemon juice & blend it to make an even mixture without lumps.Fill the fine paste inside a plastic cone to apply .
In some Indian regions like Odisha, West Bengal people used Alta/ Alata ,Its a red dye to colour the hand & feet similarly like mehendi.
It is tradition to hide the Grooms’s initial in the bride’s mehendi designs & in the post wedding rituals,the groom has to find his hidden initials.These rituals were formulated in the traditional marriage ceremony as an ice breaker between the bride & the groom as in those days the bride & groom hardly communicated with each other before the marriage.
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