Not just in Indian weddings where Mehndi holds a significant value, various other religions and countries around the World are embracing this amazing way to adorn the bride. In India, a day before the wedding, the women gather the henna leaves, make a paste out of it and carve out beautiful designs on the palms of the bride
Interestingly, mehandi is not a native art. It originated in the Middle East and was introduced in India by the Mughals in the 12th century. Earlier, mehandi was a royal tradition and means of the rich and nobles to decorate themselves. But gradually, it became popular over time and soon the art of mehandi became an integral part of Indian tradition.
That said, there are several superstitions related to mehandi floating around. here are few of them..
1. Nothing spiritual about it.
There is hardly anything spiritual or sacred about mehandi. Married as well as unmarried women can apply mehendi. But applying mehandi during a wedding is considered very auspicious. It is a symbol of prosperity and the bride is considered blessed if mehendi is put on her palms before the wedding.
2. Wear It Dark
There are no hard and fast rules of applying mehandi. However, one of the most popular superstition related to mehandi is that a deep coloured mehandi on the bride's hand is a good sign for the couple. It is believed that if the mehandi has a dark imprint on the bride's hand, then her mother-in-law will love her more. To get this dark imprint, the
bride sits for hours with mehandi applied on their hands so that the mehandi comes out dark in colour.
3. What's in a Name?
Another popular superstition related to mehandi is the hidden inscription in the design. A bride's wedding mehandi usually has a hidden inscription of the groom's name. The groom is supposed to find out the name within the design. If he fails to locate his name, then it is believed that the wife will be more dominant in the conjugal life. The wedding night is
not allowed to commence until the groom is successfully able to locate his name in the bride's mehandi.
4. The Wedding Bells
Another superstition related to mehandi is quite interesting. It is said that if an unmarried girl receives the scrapings of the mehandi leaves from a bride, then she will soon find a suitable match for herself!
5. Henna for teeth?
Rural North African people still use henna twigs as toothpicks to keep their gums and teeth healthy.