Mehndi, otherwise known as Henna, is a paste associated with positive spirits and good luck.
Indian Wedding tradition calls for a Mehndi ceremony to be held the night before the wedding
as a way of wishing the bride good health and prosperity as she makes her journey on to
marriage. One of the most important pre-wedding ceremonies in Indian marriages is the
‘Mehendi ki raat’. It is not only a fun pre-wedding ritual but also has a deep-rooted cultural
significance to it. Applying mehendi to the bride and the groom before the wedding, is one of
the oldest Indian traditions. The ceremony, however, entails an elaborate application of
mehendi designs on a bride’s hands and feet. As for the groom, a mere token of application
of henna is a mark of good omen.