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Queen Esther & King Ahasuerus' Henna Party

There is a special type of bush that grows throughout the area that comprised Ancient Persia. It has elongated green leaves and fragrant, pinkish white flowers. This plant is called a henna bush.


During the times of Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus it was traditional to have a henna party before celebrating a wedding.

The leaves of the henna bush were mashed into a paste to create a natural brownish dye. The dye was used to paint symbolic designs on the skin of the bride and groom. The henna was used to create patterns on the bride and groom to protect them from the evil eye, and to bring them happiness and good fortune.

You can host your own henna party, just like the one Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus had. Real henna may cause adverse reactions if applied to the skin. The best way to recreate their henna party is to use face paint makeup to delineate the designs on the hands and feet. It is traditional to draw flowers, leaves, and geometric designs.


  • Face paint makeup

  • Bowl of water

  • Fine tip paint brushes


Step 1

Dip the paintbrush in the paint of your choice.

Step 2

Paint patterns on the palm of the hand, the back of the hand, or the palm of the foot. Geometric and floral patterns are traditional. 

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