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Ramadan in Focus: Eid Henna

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A customer gets henna applied to her arms at Hawajer Beauty Salon in Riffa. (Picture: Reem Al Daaysi)

Women and girls are gathering at their neighbourhood beauty saloons to get their hands decorated with henna in preparation for Eid.

Some even invite henna designers to their own homes to avoid the rush.

Henna is a reddish-brown colouring made from a flowering plant that grows in regions of Africa and Asia.

Since the Bronze Age, people have used dried henna ground into paste to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool.

There are many henna designs and Arabic designs are famous for their simplicity. It is applied using a henna-filled cone.

Once the henna dries on the skin it is scraped off leaving behind a deep brown colour that stays for a few days.

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