Henna is used during the Belly Blessing - the “Ghodh Barahi” ceremony, which is performed by a priest when an expectant mother reaches the seventh month of her pregnancy. The ceremony celebrates new life. In some cultures, the mother-to-be has her hands and feet adorned with mehendhi like a bride. In other cultures, it is painted directly onto the pregnant belly. She receives jewellery, clothes, money, for herself and the baby – so in Western terms, it would be similar to the baby shower with a religious ceremony.