I love it when girls can get together and have fun. Most every Indian bride has Henna applied a few days before her wedding, it allows the henna to stain her hands and feet and darken in color before the wedding. Traditionally the grooms initials are hidden in the patterns. On the wedding night the groom searches for the initials that are hidden in the bride’s henna design. If he can’t find his initials he is expected to give a gift to his new bride!
This game of “hide and seek” has been played for generations, usually as an icebreaker for couples in arranged marriages. It was meant for the couple to feel more comfortable with each other.
We were able to capture some of the fun and creative henna art during Shivani’s henna night.