Henna: birthMONTH celebration ©Dawn Minott

For over 5000 years, the art of henna—also called mehndi in Hindi and Urdu—has been practiced in various parts of the world including Africa.

This temporary decorative art is used on hands and feet and usually reserved for the celebration of special occasions such as weddings and birthdays.

As this is my birthMONTH (April) celebration and as it’s being commemorated in the land of my ancestors, Africa, getting the henna art seemed fitting.

On the day I got this design drawn on my hand I was walking through the craft market in Stone Town, Zanzibar, when a sister called out to me. First with the request that I buy clothing then with the offer of drawing me a henna. And so I paused my walk long enough to speak with her while she skillfully, in 3 minutes, created this artistic expression to visibly show my intentional celebration of my birthday/birthMONTH.

Happy birthday/birthMONTH to me!
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In creative solidarity, Dee

24 thoughts on “Henna: birthMONTH celebration ©Dawn Minott

  1. You go sistah! 🥳🎶😘 Love that beautiful henna work of art. Now that is a gutsy celebratory move! 💖 Love it, and you look like you can conquer anything coming your way…and you can! 💪🏼 Keep the spirit of your celebration going Dawn! 🎁🎂🎀

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