Wedding is an important affair in Pakistan,
comprising of a large number of rituals, customs and
traditions. One of the important rituals, especially
in context of the bride, comprises of 'Henna' (commonly
known as Mehndi). As a part of this ritual, the powder
of henna leaves is mixed with water, to form a paste.
This paste is then applied on the hands as well as
the feet of the bride, in the form of intricate patterns.
The henna is removed only after the design dries off
completely. However, the bride cannot wash her hands
and feet with water, for the next 12 hours at least,
to make sure that the color comes out to be dark and
No wedding is ever complete
without the mehendi in Asian countries like Pakistan.
Whichever part of the country the bride may be from,
her hands are adorned with the lovely red hue of the
Significance of Bridal
Mehendi in Pakistan
In context of an Pakistani bride, mehndi is believed
to signify the strength of her marriage as well as
the amount of love that she will receive in her husband's
house. In fact, it is said that the darker the color
of the mehendi, the stronger will be the marriage
and longer it will last. At the same time, the dark
color of henna is also said to mean that the bride
will receive a lot of love from her husband as well
as her in-laws. This is the reason why, after the
application of bridal henna designs, the bride undertakes
a lot of efforts, like applying oil or heat, to ensure
that the color is dark.
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