“My earliest memory of celebrating a festival is when we lived in Delhi with my grandmother, says Soha Ali Khan. The youngest of Ali Khan s...

Loved dressing up and applying mehndi during festivals: Soha Ali Khan

“My earliest memory of celebrating a festival is when we lived in Delhi with my grandmother, says Soha Ali Khan. The youngest of Ali Khan siblings, Soha fondly remembers the ethnic traditions associated with the festival and remembers, “We celebrated festivals as a family where we would dress up in our finery and visit relatives. Part of dressing up also included applying mehndi and Suraiya who worked in our home applied it for the children - just a little on the palms of our hands as my father wasn’t a huge fan of the smell.”

The petite actress is the face of Craftsvilla Billion Mehndi Festival and believes that the intricacies of mehndi designs are nothing less than art. “Not only is it beautiful and a lovely way to decorate oneself for a festive occasion but it is also a source of employment and financial independence for many women who practice this traditional art of design,” she adds.

While her hectic shooting schedule doesn’t allow her to sport mehndi on a regular basis, Soha doesn’t really need an occasion to dress her hand. “During my wedding, I certainly wanted it on my hands and feet but prior to that I have worn it for many weddings, festivals and even sported a few henna tattoos just for fun,” she says.

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