First off when I say Festival Henna and Traditional Henna, I am talking about the styles! For festival designs, they are quick and easy for the artist, but still beautiful and full for the person getting it. These designs tend to follow popular trends and more updated to fit the time we are living in, thus giving the piece a new life. Whereas, Traditional Henna is more seen as more intricate that revolve around beautiful bridal traditions.
Larger henna designs are saved for special occasions or big moments in one’s life where they want to celebrate it with Henna. For example, at a wedding the bride and possibly the groom, will have large intricate Henna done that may include details about their partner or their initials in the Henna that can go all the way to their elbows. It’s also a custom when pregnant to get henna done on the belly, usually done at the baby shower. The piece spans over the whole belly and takes a few hours to complete for most artists. Many times, the guests will also get smaller hand traditional pieces to show support for the mom-to-be.
Festival hand designs are made to feature key pieces of Henna culture, such as the ever-popular Mandala, while staying relevant and quick to do, since at a festival an artist can have multiple people waiting to get a Henna. These designs also feature elements that come from pop culture that wouldn’t typically be seen in a traditional Henna designs. Mehndi Madness has done festival hand designs that center around the deathly hallow symbol, a dragon, and non-traditional henna animals like turtles and seahorses.
The ideas for both traditional and festival Henna are endless!