Relationships, Culture & Society

My First Time with Henna Art

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Pretty, isn’t it? ❤

Yep, that’s my right hand, and yep, this is the first picture of me (or a part of me) I’m finally posting on my blog. 😛

Last week I jumped at the chance to have henna art drawn on my hand for the first time, and a friend picked this pretty design from the internet! I had fun flaunting it this week; pointing at random objects with my right hand have never been this fun. 😆

For those new to it, henna is a dye made out of plant that is used on skin, fingernails, hair and fabric, though I’ve mostly seen it drawn on hands and feet of women; it leaves a reddish-brown stain on the skin that fades in about a week (mine looks almost black because the picture was taken while it was drying; what else do you do while waiting? 😆). It’s used in various parts of the world like India and the Middle East, and in parts of Southeast Asia (where I’m at), it’s also used in Malay and Indian pre-wedding ceremonies!

I got my henna art drawn last week at my Malay friend’s pre-wedding ceremony called “Malam Berinai” (Malay words that translate to “night to wear henna”), where a small party is held at the bride’s house and the bride’s hands and feet are adorn in beautiful henna art. And the rest of us get to have ours drawn after, though just for fun and with less funky designs compared to the bride (hey, she’s the star after all! 😛)

Being part of a Chinese culture that doesn’t do henna art (which is why this is my first time wearing it), I won’t try to explain meaning behind this ceremony as I’m not familiar with it, so instead I’ll bring out the power of internet (and some help from Uncle Google) to bring you this:

The Meaning Behind

(…) If being worn at the hands, the redness of the henna is believed to repel the evil spirits. If worn at the fingernails, it is to make the wearer appears sweet and lovely. If worn at the palm of hands, it is as a symbol to guard oneself. If worn at the feet, it is to ensure that the bride doesn’t walk away from the groom’s life.
~From Kahwin Singapore: Malam Berinai: A Detailed Explanation

If you’d like to know more, I encourage you to check out the short article linked above or ask Uncle Google!

Just thought I’d share this post because I thought it was interesting, and I hope you do find it interesting too. 😀

~Nicolle ❤

A Short Self-Compassionate Letter

Dear Self,

It’s wonderful how you’re open-minded enough to share cultural info that isn’t part of your own culture. And the henna art is pretty too. ❤

10 thoughts on “My First Time with Henna Art

    1. I’m happy you loved the design (even if we did swipe them off the internet 😛) and thanks for the additional info! It’s nice to know more about it. ❤️❤️❤️

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