Mehndi or “Mehendi” or henna is a paste that is bought in a cone-shaped tube and is made into designs for men and women. The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books. It was originally used for only women’s palms and sometimes for men, but as time progressed, it was more common for women to wear it.
Mehndi in Indian tradition is typically applied during special Hindu weddings and Hindu festivals like Karva Chauth, Vat Purnima, Diwali, Bhai Dooj and Teej. In Hindu festivals, many women have Henna applied to their hands and feet and sometimes on the back of their shoulders too, as men have it applied on their arms, legs, back, and chest. For women, it is usually drawn on the palm, back of the hand and on feet, where the design will be clearest due to contrast with the lighter skin on these surfaces, which naturally contain less of the pigment melanin.
It is common for Hindi wedding songs to mention mehendi. Some of the Hindi songs mentioning Mehndi are below.
BAMB JATT | AMRIT MANN
MAANA KE HUM YAAR NAHIN | MERI PYARI BINDU
MOVE YOUR LAKK
MANN BHAREYA | B PRAAK