Lotus flowers can be found all over Thailand. These beautiful flowers come in a variety of colors, ranging from white, pink, red, purple or blue, and are typically found in lotus ponds of basins all over the country. Besides in the water, you may have noticed lotus flowers in Thai temples. Along with a candle and 3 incense sticks, the lotus flower is a common Buddhist offering. Where did this Thai tradition originate? What is the meaning behind the lotus flower as a Buddhist offering?
In Buddhist and Thai tradition, the lotus flower is seen as a symbol of purity, faithfulness and spiritual awakening. The flower itself emerges from the mud, constantly growing upwards towards the light and warmth, representative of the act of spiritual growth and reaching enlightenment. Different colored flowers also have different connotations. The lotus flower is also associated with Buddha himself. With such heavy religious influence, it is no wonder that the lotus flower is an important part of Buddhist offerings in Thailand. This is one of the ways in which Thai people can make merit.
The lotus flower activity is a fantastic way to learn more about this beautiful flower and its significance in Thai tradition and as a part of Buddhist offerings. Learn more about the history of the flower and its roots in Buddhism. This is a relaxing but interesting activity that is sure to give you a newfound appreciation for a flower that you most likely have seen several times. The activity is great for groups of all sizes and ages looking to develop a deeper understanding of Thai tradition and culture.