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Last night I had a neat opportunity to attend the Mehendi and Sangeet Party for my friend Evangeline’s son and his fiancee, Dr Niruben and Dr Monica.  The Indian people love family, colour, music, dance and food so it was a warm, happy event with wonderful food.  Apparently it is usually only for women but this included the men as well and was held at the home of the bride’s parents.

According to wikipedia: “A Sangeet or Ladies Sangeet is an event in a Hindu or Sikh wedding. This event takes place 2 or 3 days before a wedding in a Banquet Hall or if a small affair, then at home. Ladies are the only people to take part in the event. Some men are there if they are close to the bride or groom. During this event ladies will sing traditional Indian songs, and joke around with guests. This event is also like a dinner and dance, because there is a lot of dancing and lots of food!

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Courtesy of the InternetMehndi is the art of applying Henna on the body. It is a beautiful form of temporary body decoration. Mehndi is a traditional form of decoration for both men and women in countries such as India, Morocco, and Pakistan. It is generally used for special occasions, particularly weddings.”

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The ladies wore beautiful, brightly coloured outfits and everybody loves to dance.  Even the little tiny girls already knew the moves.

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