Mehndi is the traditional name for henna designs. Mehendi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhika which means "awakening the inner light". Traditional Indian designs are representations of the sun on the palm. The use of Mehndi is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic rituals.
Mehendi is an herbal body art practiced in the Indian Subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. It is extensively used in decorating hands and feet during weddings and all other auspicious occasions. It is said in India that “deeper the colour of a bride’s mehendi, deeper is her husband’s love for her.”
Mehendi is a very important part of the Indian weddings’s sangeet night. The guests are given an opportunity to dive into this culturally rich art form. Every guest (mostly women) indulge their senses in this art, which stains the skin in a natural burgundy-brown colour for 1-2 weeks through a quick hand-made design by the mehendi artists. There are many variations of Mehendi - Arabic, Indian, and Pakistani etc. The Bridal Mehendi is the most important of all. It includes all the designs from motifs to flower and from geometric shapes to veins. These are filled for hands till the elbows and for legs till the knees. Glitters or different colours are add-ons to this design, mainly for modern use with easy goings dresses.