mahandi-3Apart from sweets and shopping, one more aspect of getting that best look along with the traditional outfit is applying henna on hands. We bring you a report on this choice of women who feel that their preparation is incomplete without henna. Diwali is celebrated with great fervor in India. The preparation for the festival begins from making sweets, lighting up houses, purchasing clothes etc. Among women, adorning oneself with new attire and jewelry is not complete unless they have made beautiful design with henna on their hands. The art of applying henna on the hands and feet is known as Mehendi and a very old custom and ancient art form of India. Mehendi is applied almost during every festival in the country. According to women, mehendi forms an integral part while preparing oneself for a festival. We went to a city based artist in Vashi who is busy drawing several designs on the hands of women, who have queued up at his shop. It takes him hardly five to 10 minutes to cover one hand with mehendi on both sides with a simple Arabic design. Women including young girls like this are too enthusiastic about getting their hands designed with a beautiful mehendi design. We spoke to some of the ladies at the shop to know why they found applying henna important during the festival. We also spoke to the mehendi artist who informed us about the kinds of designs women prefer. Looking at the excitement of these ladies to get the best design drawn on their hands, despite modernization, there are some things that never change, one of them being the Indian festivals and the enjoyment of their celebrations. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Vrushali Chitre for NMTV News.

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