September 30, 2006

Mehndi

In Indian and Pakistani wedding tradition one of many days that make up the wedding celebration Shaadi, is at least one Mehndi Day (Henna Day). This is a picture taken of the stage of the groom's Mehndi Day (a stage I helped decorate). The bride and groom sit on the stage while family members come up to them and paste henna on their hands, oil on their hair and turmuric on their cheeks. (In reality the bride and groom held a tissue paper in ther hands which we smeared on. Modern times and all...) Traditional Mehndi colours are bright orange, green, yellow and pink.

21 comments:

Creation said...

one of many days that make up the wedding celebration Shaadi, <-- This is amusing … One of my friends had a15 day Marriage ceremony ..lol..

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

really? lol they didn't happen to be kurdish?

Welcome, by the way :)

Destitute Rebel said...

Really well set stage, the ceremonies of a traditional wedding, no matter what part of the world they are at are quite interesting and mehndi is one ceremony enjoyed by everyone in an indian/ pakistani wedding.

Creation said...

lol..uff.. all those free ke ceremonies .. i think they are wastage of time and money

zee said...

here in SA, the traditional Indian wedding is no more - well except for one or 2 things here and der.

the stage for example, is wayyyyy different. and the mehndi day is generally reserved for the brides side.

but u def have design flair:) ever thought of interior design as a career?:)

hope u are well and ramadan mbrk

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

D rebel, thanks. My friend is the main orchestrator behind the stage. Yeah me too, I prefer mehndi most of all. For me one mehndi is enough for a wedding celebration.

Creation, well tradition and ceremony mean something, and I am for it in general. But, the way it is done these days, the amount of money spent, is just not right when the world is in the state it is.

Zee, long time no see! Ramadan Mubarak!

How come the wedding traditions have not remained intact? I would think the desi community no matter where they are hold onto the traditions like a koala to a tree!

I am well alhamdolillah, hope you are too. :) I love decorating, design, colours, music everything arts! However I do not take credit for most of the stage. My friend is the "main decorator."

Diligent Candy said...

Lovely picture, very nice colours...

BuJ said...

wow.. very good work!
everything is in harmony.. the colours, designs, materials :)
the bride/groom are very luck indeed to have this.

Umar said...

great set up!
...looks like a set from a bollywood movie :P

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Thanks everyone :) It did feel a bit Bollywoodish I must say, *hai hai

boo! said...

that is some stage! wow!

you gonne come for my wedding SS? you'll be stage incahrge! pls pls pls...

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Is that an invitation boo? would love to! lol although God knows I have planned quite a few weddings, maybe even few too many.

boo! said...

oh... i didn't read this one before. Of course that is an invitation! you don't have to plan anything... will be glad to host you as a VIP guest :)

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