Mehndi is also known as henna in the western world and has the application as a temporary form of skin decoration, popularized by Indian cinema and entertainment industry, the people in Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives as well as by expatriate communities from those countries also use mehndi.
This tradition has spread to exist among some Arab Women particularly the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf nationals. Mehndi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s, where they are sometimes called henna tattoos.
Mehndi is typically applied during special Hindu weddings and Hindu festivals. In India and Pakistan, many women have Henna applied to their hands and feet. It is usually drawn on the palms and feet. Henna was originally used as a form of decoration, mainly for brides.
Muslims also apply Mehndi during their festivals like Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.