Not just a ritual

Highly exotic, intricate patterns decorating the bride’s hands and feet with henna is called mehndi. It is believed that the deeper the color the stronger is her husband’s love for her. It used to beĀ tradition for the names of the bride and groom to be hidden in the design, and the wedding night is not to commence until the groom has found both names! šŸ˜€ After the wedding, the bride is not expected to perform any housework until her mehndi has faded away.