Henna tattoos, known as mehndi, date back thousands of years to ancient India. From there, they have spread across South Asia and around the world. Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images Henna tattoos, known as mehndi, date back thousands of years to ancient India. From there, they have spread across South Asia and around the world. Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Henna tattoos, known as mehndi, date back thousands of years to ancient India. From there, they have spread across South Asia and around the world. Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images
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Henna’s place at the centre of wedding festivities in South Asia and the Middle East: what the ritual painting of hands and feet symbolises

  • Henna tattoos, known as mehndi, are a wedding tradition that may have originated in ancient India, and are popular across the Middle East and North Africa
  • The henna artists who apply the red paste made from grinding the dried leaves of a plant are highly sought after and some have become social media stars

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Henna tattoos, known as mehndi, date back thousands of years to ancient India. From there, they have spread across South Asia and around the world. Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images Henna tattoos, known as mehndi, date back thousands of years to ancient India. From there, they have spread across South Asia and around the world. Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Henna tattoos, known as mehndi, date back thousands of years to ancient India. From there, they have spread across South Asia and around the world. Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images
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