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UploadedMay 18, 2011
TakenApril 30, 2011
ModelCanon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure1/800 sec at f/3.2
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Focal Length8.636 mm
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[Thank you, Susan Littlefield, for the spotlight!]

Before a traditional Hindu wedding, the ladies often congregate for the “Mehndi” Party.

During the Mehndi Party, a professional “henna artist” applies one or more elaborate designs to the bride’s palms and feet using a paste made of ground powder from the henna plant. This art form dates to the Bronze Age.

The designs are not tattoos, but they may last up to a month. Their longevity symbolizes the strength and permanence in the marriage.

Shown are Lizzie’s palms. Somewhere in the design are a number of concealed messages, including her husband’s initials. It is a time-consuming process!

The henna artist applied less elaborate designs to the other ladies, as well.

The Mehndi Party was delightful. Kris and Menah decorated their home in fresh flowers, and there was music and dancing. A wonderful dinner followed.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

58 responses

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (18 May 2011):


  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 May 2011):

    It sure combines with her colours.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (18 May 2011):


  • Camera Junkie

    Camera Junkie gave props (18 May 2011):

    That's amazing, Dick!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (18 May 2011):

    It is beautiful, Rosie's friend did some designs on her hands, they were stunning. Such a beautiful way to decorate your body and it isnt permenant. Lovely

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2011):

    Wonderful, such intricate work, thank you for sharing !

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (18 May 2011):

    Gorgeous in every way Sir R....!@!!! :)

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 May 2011):

    A fascinating shot! I wondered how long the henna would last; it's very interesting that the length of time is tied to the strength and permanence in the marriage. The concealed messages??? Obviously flowery (sorry, I couldn't resist). And I must ask.....is there some significance of the thumb? (sorry, I had to ask) ☺ Seriously, T, a fabulous photo and narrative, as always!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (18 May 2011):

    Beautiful artwork! What a lovely custom! A great capture, Dick!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2011):

    Beautiful designs, lovely rings & bracelets, too. What treasures and memories....

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (18 May 2011):

    I have seen this before, very interesting! Now I know what they were and why they were there! Thanks Cuz!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (18 May 2011):

    Oh wow! Such an interesting tradition. I do love the vibrant colours of Elizabeth's sari...teaming so lovely with the flowers.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 May 2011):

    That is so pretty!! A great detailed shot too. You said I can't get another tattoo but I can get one of these.

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (18 May 2011):

    this is gorgeous

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 May 2011):

    Decorative and lovely.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (18 May 2011):

    The patterns are so lovely and intricate.. from the Bronze Age yet.. fascinating tradition, beautifully captured!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (19 May 2011):

    Fascinating photo and description. I like this very much. It's such a wonderful tradition.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (19 May 2011):

    Very interesting and beautiful!

  • sandra d'souza

    sandra d'souza gave props (19 May 2011):

    we in india believe if the mehndi is dark,then the girl's mother in law will love her alot:)most brides are happy to hear they won't be having maa in law problems...lovely shot richard

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (19 May 2011):

    A big WOW to all of this!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (20 May 2011):

    What an interesting narrative Dick, thanks for all your wonderful photos of Lizzie's wedding photos and all the information!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2011):

    WOW!! This is so beautiful!! I have scoured Lizzie's hand for her husband's initials, but can't find them. :( The henna artists are certainly creative people, as these designs are magical and breathtaking!!! Very beautiful, Richard. (I'd love to have my hands done for a little while too.)

  • Alyssa Shain

    Alyssa Shain (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2011):

    Beautiful picture. It's a wonderful tradition and her hands look elegant and lovely.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 May 2011):

    wonderful!. I've seen this done by my officemate (she is originally from India). Another great tradition!

  • Valerie Anne Kelly

    Valerie Anne Kelly (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2011):

    w0w! love this sweetheART so unique! a beautiful fave ;~} Valz

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (20 May 2011):

    Amazing work...........

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (20 May 2011):

    Omgoodness!! how gorgeous.... the art work is super... I am curious of why the hands don't match, you know like gloves ... just wondering.... This is so gorgeous..

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (21 May 2011):

    Thanks for this glimpse of a tradition I'm unfamiliar with!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (21 May 2011):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (21 May 2011):

    thank you for sharing this with us Richard. beautiful story and photo.wonderful colors!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (21 May 2011):

    I love this shot and the idea that there are messages in the artwork. This is so fascinating.

  • Vicki Koch

    Vicki Koch said (21 May 2011):

    That is amazing

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (22 May 2011):

    I love this tradition --utterly magical. A truly great shot, Sir R!

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2011):


  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2011):

    amazing red saree as well...

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (23 May 2011):

    Beautiful and intricate work..

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (23 May 2011):

    A day to remember. This was a first class wedding for sure....

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (23 May 2011):

    Fabulous art work! Glad you got this shot. Thanks for the interesting history of this tradition.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (24 May 2011):

    no words to describe this incredible shot!! so beautiful ... the person who did this art deserves appreciation... lizzie hand is looking beautiful with heena and the contrast colour suits her so much. lovely photo and narration... we all like her so much

  • Jean Creamer

    Jean Creamer gave props (24 May 2011):

    great colors!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (24 May 2011):

    Cool find! Art is everywhere.

  • Juan Chrevelli

    Juan Chrevelli said (24 May 2011):

    Beautiful composition....Wonderful colors and nice details.....

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (24 May 2011):


  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (25 May 2011):

    What a wonderfully sharp and interesting image.......

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2011):

    So beautiful. I love the henna, and I much prefer a red wedding dress to white. ;-)

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (25 May 2011):

    AWESOME!....what artistic expression henna is...beautiful, i would like my whole body done like this...lol....Love the history of henna...had some done on my upper right chest some time ago, it is time consuming indeed....

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip said (25 May 2011):

    Amazing. Glourious. My native homeland has a huge population of Hindu. There feasts are unique.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (26 May 2011):

    Brilliant in all ways!

  • Cheryl Andrews

    Cheryl Andrews   gave props (26 May 2011):

    Beautiful image ... fascinating tradition so well explained. Thank you.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (29 May 2011):


  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (5 Jun 2011):

    Glorious shot, love it!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    Color Theory coolness.

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (8 Jun 2011):

    Wow....really cool photo Richard. I always like to read the stories behind each one.

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful. I didn't know so much about the mehndi myself like its symbolism. WOW.

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (10 Jul 2011):


  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (23 Aug 2011):


  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (9 Jun 2014):


  • David de London

    David de London gave props (17 Apr 2017):

    Vivid colors...great capture.

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