Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday evening, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend & photograph a henna party! A bride-to-be held the evening for her friends & herself to be adorned with henna designs. It was an intriguing & fun evening. The henna is combined with honey & spices to form a thick paste, which is applied to the hands (& feet) in various designs. The paste is left on for up to 24 hours & then is flaked or rubbed off. The resulting design slowly darkens (lemon juice & heat hasten the process). It is said the darker the design, the longer & happier the marriage will be!
I attended the wedding today, & the bride's design had gotten quite dark... so they should be having a happy, long marriage!!