As I mentioned in the previous post, gratitude is one of the act highlighted during Eid. The ladies in the office had the opportunity to get a free henna done offered by the owner of the Salon, where we rented henna services for our event.
My Pakistani friend told me that traditionally, ladies should be at their prettiest every Eid celebration, wearing the prettiest Eid dress and a henna tattoo done on their hands a day before Eid is one of the best accessories they wear. According to her, back in the old days, ladies only have henna done on their hands a day before they get married but now they have on Eid celebrations as well.
Back in the Philippines, the henna tattoo that we know of is the trendy black ink application on a summer beach getaway. These ones are legit! It is freshly made from crushed henna leaves, not sure about the entire process but the ink produced are placed in a mini pipe bag they call as henna cones, needs to be kept in the fridge or else it will melt and expire. My friend mentioned that it has medicinal factors and is sometimes used as antiseptic.
Henna designs are classified into Arabic, which has bigger and bolder patterns and Indian/Pakistani style, which has more details, in small thin strokes. What’s amazing is that the ladies from the Salon never had pictures of patterns to look at as a reference! They make the designs in random and it only takes at least 15 minutes to get one hand done and 20 minutes to dry.
Here’s a photo of our hands with the freshly applied henna.
This can last for 1 to 2 weeks. (depending on how often you scrub the floor, wash the dishes or do the laundry! LOL!)
Oh that lovely set of bracelets is a gift from Pakistan. Thank you, Bushra!
Have you ever had henna tattoo? I wanna see it! Share your experiences in the comments!