Eid = Mendhi Time

// September 26th, 2009 // Photos

Mendhi is the Hindi word for 'henna'. I am quite bad at applying it to myself, but I still have a go anyway, usually around ‘Īd time, like tonight. Here is an example of what is known in the industry as, “the squiggly finger”. Okay, maybe not…

The dried henna has now been removed; we'll see how dark it turns out, inshā’Allāh. I don't usually do anything special, like apply henna oil. Mainly because my design is so childish, that I'd like it to wear out as quickly as possible!

Is the ‘Īd-Mendhi association an S.E.Asian thing, or do Arab/ African/ etc sisters apply it at this time of year too?

4 Responses to “Eid = Mendhi Time”

  1. Zaufishan says:

    It’s definitely got a strong Indian history (I know) but it’s universal now, African tribes wear it, it’s war paint for others. Men wear it for their beards and it’s like an annual decoration for newbie Muslims (I know this too). I have henna on almost every month! Henna parties and design swapping. Most fun, a good replacement to tattoos (no more, haram) and a cool form of expression. =) Thank you!

  2. Organica says:

    Egyptians don’t do Henna but in some rural areas it’s been long done for weddings. Now it’s the new trends to have a Henna night before the wedding. I love Henna personally but never get to apply it. EVER. Me want!

  3. I love mendhi, but I cant do it myself, inshAllah hoping to learn one day.
    We always go and get it done esp on Eid and its amazing watching it being applied :)

  4. iMuslim says:

    I know it’s traditional to apply henna in many cultures prior to the wedding. I just wondered about Eid day. These days they usually have sisters doing henna at Eid events, so I guess everyone gets it done – if they’re prepared to pay! :)

    Oh btw, if anyone’s interested: it didn’t come out very strong on the back of my hand, but decent colour on my palm… that’s usually the case.

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