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Mehndi is an informal kind of function celebrated usually a night before the actual wedding. Some people skip it altogether. some celebrate it separately (girl’s family and boy’s family) while others do it combined.Some keep it short and simple and some go to great length and expense. Ours was a combined function, short and simple.
So, what is Mehndi. It is traditional and regional function and has nothing to do with typical Muslim culture. Family and guests get together and prepare Mehndi (Henna) is beautifully decorated plates lit by candles:
Ready to go:
The girls then bring the Mehndi to the center stage:
The girl is already in place:
The Mehndi is set:
The boy then is brought to the center spot by his buddies:
The girls sing traditional songs on the beat of a dholiki:
The dholki is a small percussion instrument played with hands:
Simultaneously, the guest come to the center one by one, apply a bit of Mehndi to the girl and the boy, offer them some sweet and give a token amount. The money collected is given to some poor.
Scene from behind the curtain:
In an elaborate Mehndi there is a dance session which we skipped.
That is it. It is followed by food, of course.
All images taken with Fuji X-E1 and without flash (except one) and unprocessed. O, what a camera this X-E1 is!