Henna is commonly used for cosmetics purpose in South Asia, including in Nepal. Applying henna is regarded as having blessing, luck, as well as joy and beauty. Henna is normally used by brides, but also by other women during festivities. When the Nepali women celebrate the annual Teej festival, they come out to the streets with their red bridal dress, also decorate their bodies with henna.

Kathmandu, Nepal, 2005

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