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Finally after so many ups and down, the wedding rituals began. The first ritual was the Mehendi ceremony.
Mehendi ceremony is not a traditional part in Nepali wedding but I wanted to do something similar to hen’s night in Nepal. I did have a hen’s night in Australia but I still wanted to do something in Nepal with my cousins and friends as well to remember my wedding as a fun ceremony.
Mehendi means henna and, during this ceremony, a henna artist applies mehendi to the bride’s hands and feet, as well as to the hands of all female relatives and friends. This is purely done for decoration and to make the bride look even more beautiful on her wedding day. So I arranged a person to come to my place to put Mehendi on. I invited all my close female relatives and good friends. So it was going to be a girl’s night with Mehendi and music.
I went for bridal Mehendi while all my friends and family had simpler ones. The bridal designs are so intricate, that they require several hours to be drawn and then to dry. My mehendi took more than 3 hours. It was hard spending 3 hours sitting on a chair, with somebody painting your hands and feet, you just cannot move even to eat, drink, go to the loo or basically do anything at all except for talking.
I waited for another hour for the mehendi to get a little dry and then applied a mixture of lemon and sugar. It is supposed to make it darker. Whole day passed with us having fun while the mehendi guy was applying mehendi to everyone’s hand.
The mehendi was followed, in the evening, by dancing and music. It was great to see people dancing including my aunts and cousins and having fun. My mum was also having a great time and even though she was busy at the same time as she was making lunch for the guests. It was worth all the effort and money I paid the guy at the end of the day.
When I scrubbed off the dried out Mehendi, it had left a deep red coloured design. It is a common belief that the darker the colour of the mehndi on the hands on a bride, the more will she be loved by her husband. I was thinking, of course I know that and that is the reason I am getting married to him 🙂
M from nepaliaustralian
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I don’t think “mehendi ceremony” is Newari culture…
Mehendi ceremony is not traditional part in Nepali/Newari wedding but I wanted to do something equal to hen’s night so it was just organised for fun 🙂
Oh wow, your 3 hours of endurance paid off well..such a beautiful, deep colour..n beautiful design 😍😍
Thanks gal, it was such a fun day and all these photos helps to relive it again and again 🙂
The henna staining you and your friends, cousins makes it like a hens night, one where the sisters can be like each other. I think this was a special time with these women. So wonderful of you to share it with us! Hugs, Robin
I had great time during my henna ceremony :). My friends and family made it extra special 🙂
This is a wonderful post – cannot believe how intricate the design is. Beautiful photographs to see the process and final Mehndi. Best wishes – looks real dark to me!! Love will be in your future forever.
Thank you so much, I am so glad we had this function 😃
I’ve been amazed at some mehndi artists who can create intricate bridal designs super fast. At the last mehndi raat, one girl could three people with gorgeous intricate work in the same time another did simpler stuff.
My personal pet peeve is the nails though – learned to put nail polish on 1st so the nail doesn’t get stained and then need to grow out…
Lovely pics – especially the one with you and friends together. 🙂
The guys who does mehendi are so creative and fast. The details in design is amazing at all. I was very pleases with mine at the end 😃
Wow ! Just wow ! Such beautiful culture !
Thank you gal, it was such a fun event with loved ones 😃