Mehendi or Henna has natural and medicinal herbal remedies. The henna cools the body and is known to let go of stress before the very awaited wedding day. Moreover, it is applied to both the hands and feet of the bride, which are known to be nerve endings of the body. These help in releasing all the stress and tension in the bride and stops the nerves from tensing up.

Every culture has various ways of applying this henna. Additionally, these cultures have various Mehendi designs and tattoos that they use, symbolically for their cultures.

Furthermore, the color of the Mehendi and how it turns out also has significance. The dark color symbolizes that marriage will be a long and loving one. On the other hand, the lightness or darkness also reveals the level of protection that the gods will give the couple during their union.

Here are a few Mehendi designs that will help you get the idea, and probably even inspire you for yours!

  • Indian

In the Indian culture, henna is painted on the bride to symbolize joy, beauty, spiritual awakening, and to signify offering. This sort of body art originated in ancient times in India. Moreover, the Hindu Vedic books describe the usage of henna and Haldi (turmeric) in the earliest of their times.

Back in those days, they created Mehendi from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis). Furthermore, they applied this plant using intricate designs and this process has been carried forth till today, specifically during weddings and such celebrations.  

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  • Pakistani

Pakistani Mehendi Designs are extremely popular all over due to the dark color henna that they give. These feel like a tattoo on the skin. Moreover, they give a rich and overall gothic feel to your appearance. They have supremely elegant and simple patterns that look lovely on the skin. Consequently, their designs, like Indians, are also suited during wedding festivities. 

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  • Arabic

A lot of cultural similarities and alike mindfulness has led South East Asia and the Middle East to share their immense love for Arabic Mehendi Designs. Hence, the designs are extremely aesthetic and also eye-pleasing. It is a less intricate pattern that is free-flowing in nature and the majority of designs comprise patterns of leaves, vines, birds, and flowers. Arabic Mehendi Design has earned its popularity in a very short span of time, and it continues to grow. 

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  • Indo Arabic

The Indo-Arabic style is an amalgamation of the simple Arabic style and the intricate Indian style. A beautiful combination of these two creates an incredible and superior-looking design on your hands and feet. In addition to the pretty vines and flowers that an Arabic Mehendi Design gives, this Mehendi style has the fullness and density of the Indian Mehendi style which completes the overall look. Moreover, it gives a strong and appealing feel to the appearance of the bride. 

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  • African

Usually, the people who are not familiar or have seen the African Mehendi design, find it very confusing to look at. These designs are dark and bold. There are strong symbols, patterns, and designs. In this, there are various African patterns that are also extremely popular. The dotted line design (like shown below), the half hand design, and more such designs are loved and adorned by Africans. 

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  • Moroccan

The Moroccan Henna Designs have an extremely high significance value. All the symbols mean something and have a value to hold. For instance, “the moon represents femininity, change, and fertility, while seeds symbolize male fertility and life, and together they may encourage the conception of a child.”

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