Why Henna is a symbol of festivity in India?

Henna, known as Egyptian Privet, Mehendi मेहेंदी, Mehandi, Panwar, Shudi, is a medicinal plant. Henna is one of the best part of festivals that India has shared with the rest of the world. Lawsonia inermis (scientific name) is among the most fragrant flowers on earth. The fragrance is best from a distance when mixed with air.

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This fascinating plant is known worldwide for the beautiful coloring dye used by the Asian people to color body parts. Among leaves, its bark and seeds are used in Unani and Ayurvedic medicine systems. Historically, henna has been used for cosmetics, hair dyes, and hair care products; and as a dye for nails, hands, and clothing.

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India is well known all over the world as a country of cultural and traditional festivals as it has many cultures and religions. During the colorful festive season, people use henna paste on the skin as temporary “tattoos.” Mehndi in Indian tradition is typically applied externally during happy moments, weddings and festivals.

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Traditional Indian designs are representations of the planets on the palm, which, in this context, is intended to represent the hands and feet. Henna gives color, fragrance, and charm to the festivals. Married women believe in henna as it is a symbol of festivity. Nearly all parts of India use this symbolic henna for a longevity of color & an essence of love.

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In Maharashtra, Mehendi has become such an integral part of the wedding ceremony & festivals. In Rajasthan, the grooms are given designs that are often as elaborate as those for brides. In Assam, it is broadly used by unmarried women during Rongali bihu. In Punjab and other northern states during Karwa Chauth women wear mehndi designs.

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India is the nation of festivals and Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, Navratri, Krishna Janmashtami, Eid-Ul-Fitr, Gurupurab, Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam, Pongal, Hemis etc. Henna use on these occasions seems to be safe for most adults when used on the skin or hair. People’s trust and beliefs towards goodness of Mehendi are remarkable.

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