Mehndi (Wedding Step #2)

(This post contains 14 small size images)

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:


On demand:


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!

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16 comments on “Mehndi (Wedding Step #2)
  1. tamtam012013 says:

    Such beautiful pictures. I love in particular the picture with the candles. I seldom see candles in Mehndi functions these days due to, pretty much, most venues banning them as they are a fire hazard…

  2. Mirza Usman says:

    Definitely its a very joyful event..;)

  3. Mike Pratt says:

    Wonderful photo documentation of this event. Love the vibrancy!

  4. Dr IQ, wonderful series. Beautiful images of Mehndi and people. Again, thank you for sharing this, Tim

  5. MJWC1 says:

    Such beautiful colours! The second shot with the candle-lit plates is a real stand out. Thank you for sharing these images of the life around you – I learn something every time I see one of your posts.

  6. Borja says:

    Great captures and it looks like you had a grand time, too.

  7. tanya nash says:

    My mother’s family are Hindu but originally from your part of the continent. Looking at your beautiful photographs, this could almost be of my own family – re: clothes and decoration. Only religion separates.

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Thanks Tanya for liking the post. Actually religion has nothing to do with this part of the wedding. It is all regional. Same for Pakistan and India and for Hindu and Muslim population. In fact, very strict Muslim families may label this as Hindu culture and skip it. Mostly, we take it as tradition and just enjoy.

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