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Why Mehendi?

I always wondered, why is applying mehendi , in Indian weddings such an important ritual in this part of the world? Primarily a North Indian culture but today it has taken over even the southern parts of India where a large community of Gujratis, Punjabis have made it their homes.Here are some popular beliefs that are associated with this tradition:
1.The darkness of the mehendi colour on a bride’s hand represents the deep love between the would-be-couple.
2.The mehendi colour also shows the love and understanding between the bride and her mother-in-law.
3.The longer the mehendi retains its colour, the more auspicious it is for the newlyweds.
4.Mehendi is also deemed to be a symbolic representation of fertility.
5.Mehendi or henna is known for its medicinal properties. It has a cooling effect that aids in soothing stress, headaches and fevers. Mehendi herb is also very beneficial for growth of nails. So, mehendi is applied to relieve the bride and groom of all the wedding stress. It also protects them from any viral diseases before the wedding.
So more than just the fun bit and the other bit that it adds so much more beauty and glamour to a bride, there are after all some real and genuine reason too!!!

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