Henna’s Significance in Amazigh Id, Circumcision and “Night of the Henna” Celebrations

“Religious holidays and major life events punctuated Moroccan village life with feasting, parties, celebrations and henna. Id al-Adha, male circumcision, and “Night of the Henna” were the most elaborate and joyous village celebrations, and families went to great expense to entertain guests with food, music, and hospitality at these events. Henna was an integral part of all of these celebrations in Morocco, although most people are only familiar with bridal henna use. This examination of henna application in these three disparate events can reveal the original purpose of henna body art.”

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