Wajma & Eddie: The Henna Ceremony

Highlight film of Wajma and Eddie’s Henna ceremony at the Lake Travis Event Center in Lakeway, Texas on Friday March 29, 2013.

Wajma and Eddie’s party (the day before their wedding) gave me the opportunity of filming for the first time the Henna ceremony, a colorful and spiritual tradition that brings good luck to the new couple. The ceremony is usually performed about within a week before the wedding and symbolizes the bittersweet separation of the young bride from her family.

This cultural celebration surprisingly dates back to at least 2000 B.C.E., and its use in ceremonies can be found from South Asia to North Africa. The ceremony itself takes place toward the end of the party, after the bride enters in her last set of clothes. The oldest member of the family, usually the grandmother, spreads henna on the palms of the bride and groom. The henna is then wrapped against the skin to lock in body heat, creating a more intense color. Guests are sometimes encouraged to spread henna on their palms afterward as a symbol of good luck.

Wajma and Eddie are such a beautiful couple. Their union is unique. It wonderfully brings two different families and cultures together.

Thank you Wajma and Eddie for introducing me to a culture I wasn’t familiar with. Knowing you both was indeed a great blessing I’ll always cherish in my life.

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