Mehendi : an occupation of celebration

by let's OT

 
Mehndi Laga Rakhna  
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna  
Lene Tujhe O Gori Aayenge Tere Sajna .....


these are the lyrics from one of the most famous songs of all time,
 from the movie DDLJ. which means 

Put your Heena on 
and keep the wedding palanquin decorated, 
Beautiful girl, your beloved love will come to take you away.  

Mehendi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India. It is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in IndiaPakistan and Bangladesh.

An occupation which needs extreme fine motor skills and gives creative freedom in terms of designing. it is usually applied during weddings, festivals like Teej, Diwali, Karvachaut.

In rural areas in India, women grind fresh henna leaves on sil (grinding stone) with added oil, which though not as refined as professionally prepared henna cones, brings much darker colors.

It is used by women as a jewel to beautify themselves.  weddings usually have a mehendi celebration day at the Bride’s house.  often  the mehendi design on the bride’s hand has the name or initials of the groom intricately hidden within the design.

The activity can be used as a therapeutic medium to improve sitting tolerance and concentration by modulating the complexity of the design patterns. it best serves as a activity which fulfills the narcissistic needs (conversion disorder). the application of the heena through the  needs modulation of the pressure on the cone, depending on the thickness of the lines needed. it also needs quick, swift fine movements of the Upper extremity.The heena has a alerting fragrance.

In the Indian context, Mehendi is associated with the emotion of happiness and celebration….many songs in Indian movies express this emotion….

Mehndi Hai Rachnewaali, Haathon Mein Gehri Laali
Kahe Sakhiyaan, Ab Kaliyaan
Haathon Mein Khilnewaali Hain
Tere Mann Ko, Jeevan Ko
Nayi Khushiyaan Milnewaali Hai
O Hariyali Banno
Le Jaana Tujhko Guiyyaan Aane Waale Hai Saiyyaan
Thaamenge Aake Baiyyaan, Goonjegi Shehnaayi
Angnaayi, Angnaayi
Mehndi Hai Rachnewaali, Haathon Mein Gehri Laali
Kahe Sakhiyaan, Ab Kaliyaan
Haathon Mein Khilnewaali Hain
Tere Mann Ko, Jeevan Ko
Nayi Khushiyaan Milnewaali Hai

— from the film Zubeida

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAeAEbNMfaU

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