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Picture of the Day: My Mehndi (Henna)

Mehndi, Henna, Temporary Tattoo in Punjab, India

In February, I attended my cousin's wedding in Punjab, India. The whole thing was a wonderful experience. The richness of the fabrics, food, and culture was something I had not been privy to before. The night before the wedding ceremony, a few girls, who are close to the bride, got Mehndi on their hands. The bride of course had more extensive work done. She had it done on her hands, arms, legs, and feet. 

Mehndi is a turmeric paste applied through what looks like a small piping bag. The artist works fast and skillfully. The paste begins to harden and flake off leaving a temporary "tattoo" of the design. The longer you leave the paste on the darker the design will be. 

My Mehndi lasted for a good week before it started to fade away. I have to admit I was sad to see it go. 

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