Last week I was invited to do henna for a Punjabi family. The bride was already getting her henna done by someone else, but the family and friends of the bride anxiously waited their turn for the henna. Remember, having henna at a wedding celebration is traditional. A henna party is a celebration of the happy times that await the family and the bride during the next few days. It is also a means for the bride to be able to relax and enjoy time with the female members of her family, and friends before she gets married.
Since I was supposed to be there for 3 hours or so, each guest got at least two designs done on their hands, if not more. It also turned out that a couple of the guests there had gotten henna done from me a couple years ago for the occasion of Eid. (Remember, Eid -ul-Fitr is a very large celebration among the Muslim community at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, which will be coming up in August this year).
I ended up staying about 4 and a half hours, but got through so many people! The photos below are about half of the people I did that evening.
Enjoy! And please do tell me which design is your favorite!
|Mandala style flower with dainty fingers.
|A Moroccan inspired flower for a lady with long and beautiful hands.
|A simple design for an aunt
|An elongated bail design
|Flowers and a band.
|Dainty floral strips on the backs
|A wide floral strip for an aunt
|Full hands for the sister of the bride
Thanks for reading!
Love. Henna. Party.