Henna is a South Sudanese custom adopted from Arab and Middle Eastern cultures. It refers to the application of henna dye in intricate beautiful designs on the hands and feet of ladies. It is applied in preparation for an occasion, particularly weddings. It is customary for brides to have this applied in elaborate designs to her hands up to her forearms, and feet extending to the legs. The bridal party including the mother of the bride, her sisters, aunties and mother-in-law would invite a henna tattoo artist to the bride’s home a few days before the wedding to have this beauty treatment. Henna application to the feet is reserved for married women, and brides. I recently had the pleasure of attending a wedding in South Sudan and having henna design.