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Henna and Eid

Henna and Eid
Every religion, nation and country has its own traditions which bring them joy. Muslims around the globe has adopted traditions inherent in the culture of the country they live in. Still, there are many Islamic traditions that unite Muslims regardless of ethnic or cultural background.
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  • Every religion, nation and country has its own traditions which bring them joy. Muslims around the globe has adopted traditions inherent in the culture of the country they live in. Still, there are many Islamic traditions that unite Muslims regardless of ethnic or cultural background. There are two main celebrations of Muslims, Eid-ul-Fiter and Eid-ul-Edha. Eid-ul-Fiter is celebrated at the end of the fasting month Ramadan as a gift from Allah and has a special significance for Muslims. In Pakistan special arrangements are done on this occasion, particularly girls get very excited for their Eid arrangements, especially for henna.They are fond of henna even their Eid is considered incomplete without henna.

  • In Pakistan henna is considered very auspicious for religious occasions and for weddings. Henna has existed from centuries and was usually drawn on the palms and feet. According to my grandmother, before the modern era henna was prepared at home by grinding henna leaves in a paste with water and oil. There was no consideration of design like today; they just used to apple henna paste on their hand. Another popular design was, a circular pattern is drawn and filled in the center of the palm. Finger tips are also covered with henna. This design is still very popular today. Toothpick was also used to make designs in the early days before henna cones were made available.

  • Types of Henna Design

  • There are many different styles of henna, depending on the cultural background they come from. The most famous ones are Arabic, Pakistani, African and Indian.

  • Pakistani and Indian Henna Style

  • Pakistani and Indian henna style is very popular and very diverse. They range from simple designs to complex. Pakistani henna is known for it's detailed and fine fill-ins.

  • Arabic Henna Style

  • Compared with the complex Pakistani and Indian henna designs, Arabic designs are much simpler. Arabic designs mostly consist of leaves, veins, flowers etc. Another distinguishing feature of Arabic designs is that the shapes are not filled, they are just outlined.

  • African Henna Style

  • Moving over to the African continent. Just like the Arabic counterparts these henna designs are also not filled. These designs are simple geometric shapes, consisting of lines, squares and dots.

  • Applying Henna Designs

  • Today henna filled cone is used to apply henna designs. The benefit of using a cone is that you can achieve incredibly fine lines with it. Hold cone like a pencil in your hand and apply design.

  • Henna designs look prettier when something decorative is added to it. Today, glitter of different shades are used in designs for filling and for shading in flowers. It is great for kids because they love glitter. For a glamorous look you can make an outline of design with glitter. Another advance approach which you can apply is “kunden” and crystals in design of arms and legs (for half sleeves and Capri). These type of henna designs look awesome. You can also make small heart shape leaves around filled circular in the center of the palm and on opposite side use beads around filled circular.

  • How Dried Henna is removed?

  • Do not use water when removing the dried henna paste. The paste should be scraped off and any stubborn bits can be removed using henna oil or olive oil.

  • Tips to Get Deeper Henna Color

  • Everyone seems to want deeper henna color on their palms. I want to help you achieve this with following useful tips.

  • Apply a fixative solution to the design which consists of lemon juice and a pinch of sugar with cotton ball.

  • When henna design is dried completely warm up your hands on clove smoke.

  • Once the henna starts to fall off, apply "Vicks VapoRub" on your hands.

  • When the henna starts to fade and appears patchy, it can be removed by applying cosmetic body bleach.

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