This previous weekend I was fortunate to be invited as well as to attend a Hindu/Catholic wedding celebration in New york city City. The bride-to-be s family is Punjabi while the groom hails from an Irish Catholic heritage.
Just what is Mehndi?
The wedding mehndi was an ideal mash-up of eastern and western customs. During the ceremony, the pair walked around a fire 5 times to secure their bond, and quickly afterwards looked to a catholic priest to exchange their rings. The bride wore a typical Indian bridal gown, while the groom used a complete tux, full with a tailcoat.
During the ceremony, I was not amazed to see the new bride with her hands as well as her feet embellished in brilliant orange/ brownish henna layouts. Also the groom sported small areas of flowery scrolls. These designs, called Mehndi, are not new to the western wedding celebration scene. Numerous women in the US and also various other western nations have embraced this custom, as a marital celebratory accessory. Yet I wondered, where did these layouts originate from? Just what does the tradition actually suggest? Mehndi is attractive, yes, but are there deeper significances, misconceptions, and beginnings?
The Hindi word Mehndi is used to explain the henna plant, the act of henna painting, and the designs utilized in the paintings. Made use of for centuries for improvement and also conditioning, henna is utilized as in commemorative routines from North Africa, the Center East, in addition to in India. Hindus in addition to Muslims have utilized henna as a cosmological cosmetic. Mainly utilized for festivities and parties, it is likewise a way of making the spiritual noticeable, as well as connecting with a greater power.