This Karwa Chauth, Point Cook-based henna artist Sonam Verma encourages men to wear their hearts not so much on their sleeves but on their palms.
Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women (this year it falls on Saturday, 27 October). On this day, married women, especially those from north India, fast from dawn till the moon rises for the longevity of their husbands. The women usually dress up in finery and don their hands with mehendi.
“I have a henna stall at Rockbank temple this weekend and in Hume Diwali Mela the next week,” says Sonam, who wants men to put a little mehendi on their palms to express solidarity with their wives.
“It’s been 15 years since I took to being a henna artist,” says the mom of two, who has practiced the art in the USA and UK as well.
“#giftthiskarwachauth is what I am promoting this season,” says Sonam. “I am encouraging men to show their wives they care. When husbands apply mehendi it’s a gesture of love.”