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Intricate henna designs on an Indian bride's hands, a wedding custom traditionally believed to bring good luck. Henna is a paste of powdered leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis) mixed with a mildly acidic liquid such as tea or lemon juice. It washes off in a few weeks.
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