Mehendi Ceremony

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Mehendi Ceremomy

The term Mehendi refers to the plant Lawsonia inermis and the dye produced from it, while the word Henna was used with the same meaning, in Arabic. Although these were originally synonymous terms, a distinction later arose between them, wherein Henna became the related art form.

Weddings in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are considered a sacred and sanctified ceremony. They can be long, ritualistic and elaborate affairs with lots of pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding ceremonies. The occasion of Mehendi ceremony is often one of the most important pre-wedding rituals, especially for the bride. Intricate patterns of Mehendi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies.

This was a ceremony that lasted the day. There was entertainment while the bride was being decorated. The central focus was the bride and her decoration. Other women at this ceremony were offered the opportunity to experience Mehendi if they chose to. Some did and it was fun to see the outcome...

spocklogic says:
I suppose there's some common origin to it. I should research it a little more.
Posted on: Jul 31, 2011
vances says:
Wow, I participated in a Muslim wedding where there was a mehendi ceremony...interesting that it spans several religions!
Posted on: Jul 31, 2011
spocklogic says:
It's true - I am blessed for the experience - Mehendi ceremony is also mainly for women. There is a side ceremony with the man, but I didn't understand it even after it was explained. The man sits with offerings from women standing around. I gathered that he is schooled in the wedding ceremony since there was a priest there. It's all very public. You are right, in reflection of your own experience, in noting it's an intimate portrait of a event. I do feel I saw a window to so something special that few people can witness. We have been indeed blessed in such ways.
Posted on: Jul 28, 2011
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Mehendi Ceremomy
Mehendi Ceremomy
Mehendi Entertainment 1
Mehendi Entertainment 1
Mehendi Entertainment 2
Mehendi Entertainment 2
Watching the Groom Ceremony
Watching the Groom Ceremony
Side Ceremony for Men
Side Ceremony for Men
Mehendi Entertainment 3
Mehendi Entertainment 3
Mehendi Entertainment 4
Mehendi Entertainment 4
Mehendi Entertainment 5
Mehendi Entertainment 5
Mehendi Entertainment 6
Mehendi Entertainment 6
Mehendi Dancer 7
Mehendi Dancer 7
Mehendi Bride
Mehendi Bride
The Family of the bride, with the …
The Family of the bride, with the…
Mehendi Bride - the work continues
Mehendi Bride - the work continues
Meanwhile, outside, attention is a…
Meanwhile, outside, attention is …
Other women begin to get Mehendi t…
Other women begin to get Mehendi …
The Bride is getting quite intrica…
The Bride is getting quite intric…
Regine DeWees - Bravo!
Regine DeWees - Bravo!
Eliane Petros - Bravo!
Eliane Petros - Bravo!
Aimee- The Bride in Full Mehendi!
Aimee- The Bride in Full Mehendi!
Regine dances after - She is happy…
Regine dances after - She is happ…
Regine dance II
Regine dance II
Regine dance III
Regine dance III
A Singh Family Performance
A Singh Family Performance
They made the bride laugh...
They made the bride laugh...
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