The word Mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word Mendhikā.The use of Mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books.
Haldi (staining oneself with turmeric paste) as well as Mehndi are Vedic customs. Vedic customs are centered around the idea of awakening the inner light.
Mehndi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s, where they are sometimes called henna tattoo.
Many women have Henna applied to their hands and feet during these special occasions. Henna was originally used as a form of decoration mainly for brides.
Intricate patterns of Mehndi are typically applied to the brides before wedding ceremonies. The bridegroom is also painted with henna in some parts of India.
In Rajasthan, the grooms are given designs that are often as elaborate as those for brides. In Assam, apart from marriage, it is broadly used by unmarried women during Rongali Bihu.