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Jun 20, 201810:01 PM
Let Them Eat Cake

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Cultural Traditions: Mehndi Ceremony

The beauty and meaning of the Indian and Hindu Mehndi Ceremony

Weddings as we know them today are based in tradition spanning multiple generations and cultures. Each of us comes from a distinctive background and incorporating the traditions shared by our family and ancestors can add an emotional touch to your nuptials.

The ladies of LTEC thought it would be interesting to dive into the special traditions and ceremonies held by various cultures. Today is all about a particular Indian tradition.

A beautiful tradition in India and other Hindu cultures is the Mehndi Ceremony. This ceremony is one of the many rituals to take place before the wedding ceremony. Mehndi, or henna as it is known in Western culture, is the powder from the mehndi plants that is mixed with water to create a paste-like substance. During the ceremony, the bride has her palms, wrists, arms, legs and feet adorned in the mehndi art. This is considered to add 

beauty to the bride on her wedding day and her bridal look is incomplete without it. Mehndi is also used to symbolize the strength in the union of the bride and groom. The belief is that the deeper the color of the mehndi, the happier their union will be.

The scale of the ceremony depends on the couple and the family. Held traditionally in the home of the bride’s family, the Mehndi Ceremony is a private affair shared only by relatives and close friends of the couple.

Some Mehndi Ceremonies are accompanied by song and dance performed by the bride’s family and friends. Traditionally, it was the final celebration the bride had with her closest friends and family before marrying into a new family. Today, this practice is an added celebration to the ceremonies and parties connected with the wedding, much like that of a bridal shower or bachelorette party.

Celebrations like the Mehndi Ceremony are a way for couples to incorporate their religion and beliefs and those of their family. Incorporating traditions like this ceremony is a beautiful way to unite your life with that of your cultural background. 

 

 

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“Let Them Eat Cake,” is the official wedding blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine. The LTEC blog is the joint labor of love for Kelly Massicot and Melanie Warner Spencer. Massicot is web and social media editor for Renaissance Publishing, a contributing writer for New Orleans Bride Magazine, wedding junkie and fond lover of cake, especially petit fours from Chateau Coffee Cafe. Spencer is the editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine, writer of the “Bon Vivant” blog and a Francophile obsessed with Marie Antoinette and those tiny cakes from Chateau Coffee Café. You can reach Kelly at Kelly@myneworleans.com and Melanie at Melanie@myneworleans.com.

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