Indian marriages are incomplete with the right set of makeup and ornaments along with bodily arts and designs. The brides are bound to put on some beautiful mehndi in her hands to make her wedding day the most auspicious one. Mehndi is a derived word from the Sanskrit terminology known as Mehndhika. Clearly, Mehndi is considered as equally auspicious and serene like Haldi.

The bride is bound to celebrate the rising sun in her life

According to ancient Vedic customs and culture, Mehndi is symbolized as the celebration of the rising sun in the bride’s inner mind and life. Clearly, the bride is fulfilling her dreams and marriage is bound to fulfill her wishes and fill her heart with the bright rays of the rising sun.

Mehndi ceremony reflects the beauty and innocence of the bride

It is one of the famous pre-wedding ceremonies, especially for the north Indians. A complete ceremony that has been known as Mehndi ki Rasam, in this ceremony the bride and her relatives put on mehndi in their hands. Indian Vedic culture of marriage has always given most of their importance to beauty, grace and glamour. Mehndi brings on that beauty by filling the hands of the bride with beautiful design and decoration.

The ceremony is a daylong celebration

The bride’s hands as well as arms and feet are donned with mehndi on her prior to marriage ceremony day. A special mehndi expert is hired for that day; he applies mehndi on the bride’s hands and legs as well as on her relatives and friends’ hands. The whole day bride and her friends celebrate the ceremony. The mehndi color usually turns out to be dark red, revealing the auspiciousness to be of high level.

The marriage rituals are giving its way through mehndi ceremony

The mehndi ceremony is the signal to the starting of the marriage customs and the bride is not allowed to step out of the house. The pious mehndi gives her the restriction to stay back at home until her marriage takes place. Mehndi ceremony is usually considered as a private ritual involving only the close family relatives and close friends of the bride.

Mehndi ceremony is celebrated with rejoice and blessings

Since mehndi is a very sacred thing, so many north Indian people celebrate it with great joy and pomp. Everyone blesses and wishes the bride with a prosperous and enriching marriage life in future. The designs of Mehndi are much more elaborate in modern day; especially Rajasthani mehndi is quite a popular one. Mehndi is also an important portion of the post-wedding ceremonies in the groom’s house. The mehndi is given too much importance in the games of wedding that is played after the marriage in the groom’s house.

The mehndi ceremony is celebrated whole-heartedly with songs and music

The bride’s friends and relatives celebrate the ceremony by singing traditional songs and dancing on them. The bride’s female relatives and friends even dance on the beats of the Dholak. The bride’s family members and her guests all wear red, yellow and pink colored dresses for the ceremony.

The symbolization and importance of Mehndi

According to the traditional customs, it is believed that the darker the color of mehndi in the bride’s hands, the deeper will be the love of the husband. It is said that the bride dons on 16 beautiful decorations and adornments over her whole body during her marriage and among them mehndi is one of the most crucial adornment or decoration.

The South Indians also love this ceremony

Now-a-day even the south Indian brides wear mehndi on their wedding day as it is a very amazing and intriguing ceremony. They celebrate the Mehndi ceremony on a large scale and invite all their guests and relatives for their ceremonial participation. The expression of beauty in such elegant and grandeur manner has tempted them to decorate their hands with the best of Mehndi ceremony.

Celebration is done according to the wish of a respective culture or religion

Though the theme and base of this ceremony is the same, but its celebration lies different for respective cultures and religions. Wealth, stability and status are also an important part of the present day wedding celebration and it manipulates the mehndi ceremony. The wealthy people celebrate the mehndi ceremony in the most pompous and elaborate manner. They invite loads of guest and even the groom’s family members are specially invited to participate in the celebration.

The bride does follow such trivial rules to protect the mehndi

The bride’s family bears the whole expense of this ceremony with happiness and delight. Sometimes the bride’ family holds the mehndi ceremony in banquet halls rather than at home. This is the only ceremony where the bride wears minimum ornaments and light weighted as well as colored dresses. This is done to make sure the mehndi is not smudged by the touch of the ornaments or the dress.

The henna quality is a big factor for the mehndi designs

1.The bride’s hands are designed with passionate arts and drawings of mehndi like that of peacock and paisleys. The high quality henna powder leaves a better stain. So, bride’s family spends loads of money to purchase the best of henna powder from the market.

2.The ceremony is also celebrated with the groom. The groom is invited on the ceremony and the bride’s female cousins apply a dot or a simple design of mehndi in the groom’s hands to pour him with the auspiciousness of the ceremony.

Mehndi ceremony ends with happiness and satisfaction poured in the guests’ hearts and minds

The mehndi is believed to be the strength, courage, wisdom as well as the root of a healthy and stable long term marriage. The bride is thus not allowed to do any household work in her father’s as well as husband’s house for the initial days of the mehndi application. Since the whole ceremonial party involves loads of invitees, so they are offered food and water along with other comforts. The guests are given all types of cordial arrangements so that they depart with satisfaction in their heart.

Raja Kumar

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