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Henna’s journey from tradition to trend

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Every event we celebrate in life has its own significance. Moreover, there are scientific reasons. At weddings and other occasions, it is a custom to apply the Henna.

Applying Henna is an important part of a marriage ceremony. The elders considered the ritual as a tradition. But as the times have changed, it has today become a trend. Henna is popularly known as Mehendi.

The reddening of the hand with Mehendi art is a favourite of every girl.

Henna is prepared from green leaves, and if applied on to the hands is a coolant to the body. These leaves have immense medicinal properties. Therefore, for many years in India, Mehendi ritual has been traditional importance on the occasion of marriage.

Marriage is a very busy and is filled with rituals. I remember reading somewhere that the bride and groom undertake this ritual so that no health hurdle comes their way during the occasion. Even today in rural areas, there is a tradition of applying Mehendi on the hands of the bride and groom on the day before the wedding, which is made using henna leaves grown in the backyard of the house.

However, in some places, home-made Mehendi is applied only to betel leaves placed on the hands of the bride and the groom. Today Mehendi cones available in the market have become a household name perhaps because of the different types of mehndi designs being applied with ease using the same.

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Gayathri Gowda

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from SDM College, Ujire. She has varied interests that include reading, writing feature articles, audio and video scripts for voice over in Kannada and Tulu as well as lending voice over.

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