Wedding traditions vary from culture to culture. With the different emerging and classic wedding traditions that we have come to know, a henna night is one for the books. It is an event immersed in history and myths; where the bride’s family ceremoniously gives her to the family of the groom. This tradition originated from Turkey and has been observed in many parts of the world throughout generations.
What is a henna night tradition?
The Henna Night is a representation of the bride and groom’s rich and exquisite culture.
This tradition started to be organized in the bride’s home the night before the wedding with her girlfriends. Usually, it is celebrated by hanging a flag in the bride’s house to signify the start of the wedding accompanied by singing and dancing.
While Henna Night is one of the most highlighted wedding traditions, it has evolved dramatically with time passing. Presently, it is popularly known as a bachelorette party in which the attendance of the groom and his friends are also being considered. When properly planned, a henna night will leave unforgettable memories not only to the couple but also in the minds of the guests.
What do you wear during a henna night?
Generally, the outfits for a Henna Night vary from culture to culture. But it is also important to take note that the motif-inspired costumes or dresses in the past were elaborately adorned with colorful silk and velvet fabrics called the “ Bindalli” for the bride, her friends, and aunt in-laws. It is part and parcel of the Trousseau that normally arrived in advance during the preparation stage.
Meanwhile, a red veil and a sequined make up the face of the bride while the henna tray will be brought in by the relatives of the groom. While the celebration of the Henna Night may have changed over the years, there remains the bride-to-be and henna on her hands.
While a Henna Night tradition is celebrated exquisitely and diversely, here are the top 2 Henna Night themes that will surely captivate the life of the celebration:
Indian Henna Night
Indian wedding is the most selected Henna Night concept lately. If you opt for a fun-filled concept via dancing, then this theme is for you. For an Indian Henna Night theme, guests wear colorful (Sari) Indian clothes as they apply the henna tattoos to the bride and groom. This is the most awaited highlight of the Henna Night.
Afghan Henna Night
In an Afghan wedding, on the other hand, a Henna Night (Khina) is being celebrated basically the same. The bride’s hands and feet are designed by Henna – a ritual that symbolizes the start of the marriage. The bride wears a green headdress which conveys prosperity and is also the dominant color of Afghanistan surroundings; while the groom dons a traditional outfit called “Jami”.
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