Mehandi is yet another traditional yet exciting pre wedding ceremony. In India, a lot of emphasis is given on customs and rituals. Indian people are ardent lovers of beauty and elegance. This is what reflects in the Mehandi ceremony before marriage. Mehandi ceremony has been prevalent since ages and forms such an integral part of the wedding ceremony that it cannot be imagined without it. Furthermore, Mehandi is one of the sixteen adornments of the bride and her beauty is incomplete without it.
Mehandi ceremony usually takes place just before marriage. According to the ritual, the bride does not step out of the house after this ceremony. Mehandi ceremony is essentially organized by the family of the bride and is usually a private affair which takes place in the presence of friends, relatives and family members. However, the scale of the ceremony depends upon individual choice. Some people celebrate it with great pomp and show. Sometimes, the Mehandi ceremony resembles another sangeet ceremony.
Nevertheless, during the ceremony, turmeric paste is applied on bride’s face, feet and hands. After this, the Mehandi application begins. For applying Mehandi to the bride, a skilled Mehndi expert is called. He applies Mehandi on bride’s hands, arms, feet and legs. Traditionally, the Mehndi applied to the bride was obtained by drying the leaves of the Henna plant. Nowadays there are various types of Mehndi designs available in the market. Some of the popular Mehndi designs include Arabic Mehandi, Rajasthani Mehndi, Crystal Mehndi, Tattoo Mehndi, etc.
This also points towards the fact that Mehndi has become more of an accessory. However, no matter whatever might be its form, it is still an essential element of the bride. According to popular belief, the darker the color of the Mehndi, the more her husband will love her. As a tradition, the bride is not allowed to work in her marital house till the time her Mehndi does not fade away. This ceremony is primarily a women function, which takes place amidst musical beats of Dholak, with women singing traditional songs for a prosperous marital life of the bride.