WHAT IS HENNA NIGHT?. WHAT IS HENNA NIGHT?. Traditionally (in Turkey , at least ), henna night , or ‘ kina gecesi’ is a women's party that usually takes place the night before the wedding . The bride's closest friends and female family members gather to
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Traditionally, andstillformanyhennaceremoniesthegirls start with ‘yüksek yüksek tepelere’ songwhich is a verysadsongandturnaroundthebridedancingslowly. But shedoesn’tdance.Shesitsduringtheceremony. Afterthat her motherand her mother-in-lawdancewiththe ‘harmandalı’ songthen her sistersand her sisters-in-lawjointhem.Theydancetogether. But thatnightdoesn’tgo on withonlysadsongs.THeguestsandrelativesandalsothebridedanceallnightlongafterthehenna is gloated.
It is a sort of melancholicevening. Becausethefollowingday, thebridewillleave her father'shouse, whereshe has livedall her life, to start her new life in her husband'shouse. Thesongthat is sungespecially at hennanightswhichdemonstratesthemelancholy. It is called "Yuksek Tepelere". (Tothehighesthills)You can hearthemusichere:
Ifmymother had a sail, shecouldopen it andcome
It'squite a sadsong. Thosewerethedaysthatnoone had a phone, the internet etc. togetnewsfromeachother. That’swhythebride in thesong is sosad as shewouldn’t be abletosee her parentswhenevershewanted.
Usuallytheywear a ‘Bindallı’. It is a traditionalcostume. Itreflectseverytingaboutthebride: Her sadness, her happines, her love, her familyandetc. Probablyshethinksabouttheseallnight. Also it reflectstheTurkishtradition. Itsummarizeseverythingabout us.Itcomesfromourancestors.It has a lot of redaccesories.Mostly it is a linenorvelvetrobeornatedwithgiltbranches, leavesandflowers. It has glittereddetails on it. EveryTurkishgirlwantstowear it becausewhenyouwear it youfeellike a bride.