Waking up with henna: What you need to know

Waking up with henna: What you need to know



Waking up with henna: What you need to know

Henna is a kind of body art used for temporary tattoo usually applied by making designs on the hands. It is very popular among South Asian and Middle Eastern women. Pakistani wedding tradition calls for a Mehndi ceremony to be held the day before the wedding to wish good health and prosperity to the bride as she embarks on her journey towards marriage.

 

Waking up with henna: What you need to know

Since I was a child, I have seen women complaining that they wake up with mehendi stains on the tips and palms of their hands (when they didn't apply it initially), last week I heard it from a friend who lives in Peshawar Pakistan, she experienced the same thing and it worried her



As a Pakistani I have always heard a series of different myths and stories throughout my childhood about this, some of them are


 

Popular myths

When a fairy gets married, she applies mehendi to a young girl who has the same name as her (this one is very popular)

When a super natural creature, the spirit falls in love with a human being, they try to give it a sign by leaving henna stains on their hands.

It is a sign of black magic, if someone is a victim of black magic, the demon marks his hands with henna.

Surprisingly, women in the city of Peshawar experience it the most, henna markings are always strange and meaningless. It's still an ongoing mystery.


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