Henna Tradition in Bursa

Henna is known as a large bush or tree-shaped plant from the family of henna family, called "Lwsonia Inermis" in Latin. After the leaves of the henna plant are dried, they are ground into powder, the paste obtained by mixing water or rose water into it and it is perfused to the place where the henna will be applied, tied with a kerchief, and left for a while to tinge its color. In Bursa folk culture; Henna is applied on the sacrifice to be slaughtered, the circumcised child, the young man who will go for the military service, and the bride. On holidays, a decorated and henna applied ram is sent to the engaged girls by their fiancee. The fingers of the child who will be circumcised are tied after henna is applied, then they are dressed and they kiss the hands of the elders and preparations are made for the circumcision. One day before the wedding, a "groom's henna" celebration is performed in the young bridegroom's house, a "bride henna" celebration is made in the bride's house, and henna is sent from the bridegroom's house to the bride's house. It is wished that the person who prepares and applies the henna has a happy marriage. The groomsman lights a henna fire henna evening in front of the bride's house in the evening that henna celebration will be performed in the mountain districts of Bursa” burns, the fire burns all night, henna is applied to the bride's hand. Henna is not applied in the Friday evening entertainment in Cumalıkızık village, and henna is applied on the bride on the "has henna" (special Henna) night held the next day. In Keles District, people from the districts and villages are hosted in houses called "henna mansion" for the henna night. Young people who go for the obligatory military service are sent to the army by applying henna on their hands. Henna tradition; Henna Night, Circumcision Henna, Soldier Henna has taken its place in traditional culture.