Saba: Henna Beautification

Saba. Faces of the Festival 2018. Photo by Steven Meckler

In India and in other Middle Eastern cultures they use henna as beautification for the bride. There’s a whole day designated to henna one or two days before. Girls put henna on each other and the bride and they are singing and dancing. It started with wedding ceremonies, but now people do it for other occasions, like birthdays. Henna is also medicinal. Sometimes it’s used as a hair dye. Also, mothers put it on kids’ feet during summertime to cool down the body, it takes the heat out of the body. It is plant-based. It comes from the henna shrub. The leaves are dried or made into a paste. It has gained a lot of popularity over the years.


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