Henna in Morocco – What Is It Used For?

Traditional Henna at a Moroccan Wedding

While on tour in Morocco, you may want to consider getting a Henna tattoo. Moroccan henna is a plant that is ground into a fine powder. Henna in Morocco has significant cultural value and is used for tattooing and hair colouring.

Traditional Henna in Morocco
Traditional Henna Art

The most important use of henna is for tattooing women’s hands and feet for weddings and special occasions.

It is said that Henna was initially used in Northern Africa and later on introduced to Asia and India. In Morocco, the first use of henna can be traced back to the indigenous Berbers.

Henna Used for Marriages

The Berber marriage ceremony is the most emblematic ritual where Henna is used. It is during these celebrations that the bride’s hands and feet are uniquely designed. Henna in Morocco is thought to bring luck to the bride and protect her from harm.

Traditional Henna at a Moroccan Wedding
Traditional Henna at a Moroccan Wedding

Henna in Morocco is widely offered as a service at every Moroccan souk and you can choose from a variety of designs and patterns.

While visiting Morocco on a tour, you will want to keep your eye open for henna at the Moroccan souk, especially at the infamous Medina in Fes and Marrakesh.

About the author

Kevin Dyck is the founder of Mosaic North Africa and has over 11 years experience living in North African countries. He is an Arabic speaker with a passion for travelers to encounter the diverse cultures and natural beauty found throughout the North Africa region. He currently lives in and works for MNA from Tunis, Tunisia.

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