HISTORICAL, CULTURAL AND SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION Archeologists and historians have found evidence that henna has been used as a body adornment on hair, skin and nails for over 6000 years. As far as we can trace it, henna was first used in Northern Eqypt. However, written and pictorial records also place the use of henna on the Arabian Peninsula, and Persia and the Middle East as well as the Indian subcontinent and even into Europe and Northern Asia for millennia. THE NIGHT OF THE HENNA IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST WELL KNOWN HENNA TRADITIONS. • Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Jewish, Romani, and Coptic Christian Brides have a “Night of the Henna” • The Night of the Henna is also called the Sangeet, Mehndi Raat, Lailet al Hinna. • Henna is supposed to be lucky for a bride and to make her beautiful. It is also used to evoke fertility, and to keep evil spirits and the jealous evil eye at bay.
HENNA TRADITIONS HAVE BECOME GLOBAL Henna has traveled with the people who engage in henna traditions for time millenial. Henna celebrations are practiced in many countries today including: Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Guinea, Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Libya, Mauritania, Eritrea, Tunisia, Morocco, Spain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Turkey, Crimea, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Mauritania, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Romania and of course the UK, Canada and the U.S.