January 15, 2012

This weekend, while on duty, Soo and I did Mehndi on many of the girls'.  Also known as "henna", a natural paste of crushed henna leaves and oils is applied to the skin. The henna soaks into the skin and stains it for 1-2 weeks, leaving a beautiful brown design.... a temporary tattoo.

"It has been used since the 12th century. Many historical documents outline earlier use; for example, it is the Arabic Muslims who brought henna to India, where it has blossomed into its own unique art style. In Indian mehndi, a person applies designs traditionally to a woman's hands and feet.  For particularly auspicious occasions, men apply mehndi as well. The most auspicious occasion warranting mehndi artwork is the Indian wedding, where both bride and bridegroom apply henna, as well as several members of the bridal party. Henna on any occasion symbolizes fertility. At the wedding, henna artwork additionally symbolizes the love between husband and wife, and the stain's long-lasting nature symbolizes the enduring nature of their love." (http://www.rupalpinto.com/mehndi/one.html)
In honor of WMA's Multi-Cultural week, put on by the Rise and Soar Club (coming up this week), the students loved this exotic weekend event!

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