Henna on the Hand for a Husband


Nepal, Asia

Ayesha Rana takes a picture with her phone of the “mehendi,” or henna, being applied to her hand by Santosh Kumar on New Road in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mehendi artists such as Kumar, who charge 100 Nepalese rupees (90 cents) for a simple design, are a common sight on the busy New Road during the Nepali month of Shrawan, which began on July 17. Married women get mehendi to ensure the long lives of their husbands, and unmarried women do it to get a good husband in the future.

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Henna on the Hand for a Husband