Wedding celebrations in India are incomplete without mehendi or henna. This age-old form of art is loved by everyone and for years now, it is believed to be an important step for the bride-to-be before she starts her new journey. The mehendi is like a part of the traditional shringar the bride-to-be does.
The celebrations in India usually begin with the mehendi ceremony and it is a fun-filled ceremony where mehendi is applied on the hands and feet of the bride-to-be and all the other females inside the house also apply mehendi, dance and sing through the night.
Do you know why mehendi is applied to the bride and groom a few days before marriage? If no, scroll down to know.
Works As A Coolant
With all the shaadi fun, comes along the mental and physical stress. Applying mehendi helps in soothing your body and tensed nerves. It makes your body and mind feel a lot more relaxed and calm. It helps in treating headaches and fever too.
Mehendi Has Healing Properties
Do you know mehendi has healing properties? If the bride, groom, or anyone else in the family gets a burn, small cut, or scratch during the wedding celebrations, it can be healed by applying mehendi.
Improves Overall Health
Applying mehendi helps in improving blood circulation in the body. This further helps in enhancing your overall health.
Protects From Viral Diseases
Mehendi is a medicinal herb that has antiseptic properties. These properties help the couple fight viral diseases and common infections.
Enhances Love Between Couple
The colour and fragrance of henna or mehendi is believed to work as an aphrodisiac which enhances the love between the couple.
Also, when mehendi is applied to a bride-to-be or groom-to-be, it is not just a plain paste of mehendi and water but other ingredients like clove oil, eucalyptus oil are also added to it which are highly beneficial. These not only darken the mehendi but also have some amazing medicinal properties.
Significance Of Mehendi
Mehendi is usually applied on the hands and feet of the bride and groom a few days before their marriage. Mehendi is considered a sign of good luck. It shows the love and affected between the couple and their families. It is said that the colour of the bride's mehendi shows the love ad understanding between the bride-to-be and her mother-in-law. According to some beliefs, the mehendi colour represents the love between the would-be-couple. It is said that the longer the mehendi retains its colour, the more lucky it is for the newlywed couple.
With time, mehendi trends have changed and now brides are opting for really fun and trendy designs. White mehendi, mehendi with semi-precious stoned, shimmery mehendi are some fresh trends this season. Brides are giving trendy twists to the traditional mehendi these days.
Do you know, the word mehendi comes from the Sanskrit word mendhika which means the henna plant. It means that mehendi dates back to the Vedic age. It is believed that princess Cleopatra used to paint her body with henna or mehendi.
Mehendi is not just a fun pre-wedding festivity but also has a lot of cultural importance. Who else loves this pre-wedding ritual? Tell us! For more such stories, stay tuned!