Mehndi Tattoos

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Mehndi, or mehendi (also written as Mehndi or Henna), is a temporary form of skin decoration. In the West, it is most commonly known as henna tattoos or henna designs. Mehndi is made from a paste created from the powdered leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis). The resulting stain is usually a rich cherry-red to brown color that can vary depending on how long the mehndi is left on and what ingredients are added for texture, smell or to help the dye to take effect.

The mehndi tradition originated in Africa and the Middle East over 5,000 years ago. It is a cultural tradition that is used for artistic, ritual and ceremonial purposes. Typically, the intricate patterns of mehndi are applied to the hands and feet of brides before their wedding ceremonies. MHANDEE and friends of the bride often help with this ceremony. Mehndi also has a spiritual significance to Hindus and yogis. It is considered a symbol of love and happiness. The circle of mehndi is said to represent the cycle of life, eternity and divine love.