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1. The application of henna paste in intricate designs to decorate the body, often for wedding celebrations and other festive occasions in South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
2. Decoration on the body made by mehndi.

[Hindi meṃhdī and Urdu menhdī, henna; akin to late Sanskrit mendhī, mendhīkā, of unknown origin.]
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1. (Art Terms) (esp in India) the practice of painting designs on the hands, feet, etc using henna
2. (Hairdressing & Grooming) (esp in India) the practice of painting designs on the hands, feet, etc using henna
[C20: from Hindi]
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(ˈmɛn di)
1. the art or practice of painting elaborate patterns on the skin with henna.
2. a design or designs so made.
[1995–2000; < Hindi < Skt mendī the henna plant]
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"On the occasion of Teej, we have come here to enjoy and participate in several competitions that were organised such as the Mehandi competition.
A great rush of women is seen at the stalls and shops selling bangles, mehandi, readymade garments and shoes.
He said the buyers will get maximum relief on 'flour', sugar, pulses, chicken meat, beef, drinks and vegetables, adding that bangles stalls and mehandi stalls would also being established as these two items are the most popular among girls and women who throng to these stalls to purchase these items which gives complete and perfect look on any party.
The political parties also added glam quotient in their campaigning in the nation capital as BJP roped in Bollywood actor and the party's candidate from Punjab's Gurdaspur Sunny Deol, actor-politician Hema Malini, Punjabi singer Daler Mehandi, Haryanwi folk singer Sapna Chaudhary, Bhojpuri actor and singers Pawan Singh and Khesari Lal Yadav.
Subhan also went through various stalls of food including Chaat, Dahi Ballay, Shawarma making, Lassi, spices dishes like Pokora, Samosa, Maccrani, Chips, Chapali Kabab, Haleem Gar, Gol Gupy, delicious barani and other varieties of homemade delicious dishes, Mehandi, smileys making on faces, fun-making, work of the home economics department, computer science department, computer juggleries fun, cold drinks, dresses stalls, make-up, face-making points that attracted large number of girls to visit.
When they didn't turn up, I telephoned the bridegroom's father only to be told that they were calling off the marriage," Uroj Mehandi, bride's father told the police.
- Suhair Sanad Rashid Al Mehandi. - Ali Hassan Yateem.
Its long list of services, which includes threading, waxing, facials, body treatments, Henna and Mehandi, is designed to help clients be at their best both inside and out.
These functions include BRIDAL SHOWER, MEHANDI CEREMONAY etc and sometime we saw that many models where heavy boutique dresses of very high cost.
Citizens registered in numbers, fun for children, citizens showed special interest in Mehandi, Handicrafts and other stalls.
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