Saturday, March 10, 2012

Indian / Bollywood Party - Part 8 {Mehndi (henna tattoo)}

If you hare having an Indian party, you FOR SURE have to do Mehndi! Mehndi is the art of painting semi-permanent tattoos on on your skin using henna. I looked into buying henna. It is not expensive... about $1.50 for a whole cone of it. The problem is it lasts for up to 2 months! I didn't want any of the mom's to be mad at me, so we went with craft paint.

My lovely sister-in-law offered to be in charge of that part. She bought all the paints, and brought dowels for the girls to use to paint their own hands.

We just put a little paint on small paints, and used a drop cloth on the floor.

Fabulous Angie demoed how to paint on Sophie.

Angie told the girls a GREAT store about The Peacock while they were painting their mehndi's.

It is a great story, so I thought I would share it with you. The original can be found HERE.

By Katherine McGee
If you’ve ever stood in front of the mirror, thought you were less than perfect and perhaps said any of the following:
  • “If only my lips were thinner/plumper”
  • “My hips/bum is too big/small”
  • I’m too thin/fat
  • I’ve no waist
  • My nose/ears is too big/small
  • I wish I had better hair
  • My teeth are too crooked
  • I’ve horrible legs
Why did God give me such an ugly body part?
Indian Folklore tells the following story, of the Peacock; this story is for you if you ticked any of the above.

The story of the Peacock

Why has The Peacock – The most beautiful creature ever created, got the ugliest feet in the world!
When God created the Peacock He was delighted, he said, “this creature is completely perfect in every way, he has beautiful jewel-like colours, exquisite proportions, elegant, graceful. God was so proud, and so was the peacock! He held his head high and strutted in superiority.
However, with the passage of time, God became aware that He was the only one admiring the beauty and perfection of the Peacock.
God was amazed to discover that the Peacock went unnoticed and very quickly realized the bird’s perfection was lacking a foil to showcase his beauty, the creature was too perfect and therefore invisible!!! A flaw was needed in the beautiful creature; only a flaw would highlight the Peacocks exquisite beauty.
And so God went back to the drawing board;
After some deliberation, God concluded that the bird’s great beauty would need to be reflected by a flaw of equal measure: He gave the Peacock the ugliest feet in the world. The Peacock was not happy (it’s said that his screech is his appalled response every time he sees his feet!).
The beautiful peacock
The beautiful peacock
As the recreated Peacock walked away from God on his graceless, clumsy, colourless feet – heads turned, gasps of awe were heard and the other animals said, “What an exquisitely beautiful creature”. It was agreed, unanimously, the Peacock was, and remains today, the most beautiful creature of the animal Kingdom.
Those who gaze on the Peacock see that he is perfect in every way. “How incredible, said God: “nobody but the peacock notices his feet! And he has discovered a newfound humility and compassion in his imperfection”.
God smiled and was well pleased. He learned his lesson well; when he turned his attention to creating mankind; he remembered the Peacock, and gave all his children unique individual flaws; to highlight our great proportions, elegance, grace and beauty which, in turn, serves to remind us that no one is perfect.

I think the girls liked the story, and liked painting their hands.

They had fun showing it off after they finished.

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