When we talking about Vietnam, so many people would think the Vietnamese hat and the picture of Vietnames girl with the national dress, called “Ao dai”. For them, it is the characteristic symbol of Vietnam. But few know that the typical symbol of Vietnam is the lotus flower. Starting life as a seed, it grows in the muddy darkness at the bottom of a pond. The darkness is like our ignorance – we can’t clearly see the truth about life. The seed grows toward the warmth and light of the sun just as humans naturally grow toward the warmth of love.
The grow toward flower floats on the surface, bathing in the full light of the sun, well ‘anchored’ but moving freely according to the flow of the water – the changing current of any situation. The lotus flower is pretty and aromatic than other flowers. Because it looks beautiful simple folk with pale pink petals, bright yellow stamens, floral fragrance on the green leaves. Lotus is the symbol of summer because it blossoms in summer when there is a lot of sunlight and its scent lightly perfumes the air all around the pond.
At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Lotus is in every verse, every word sung as a testament, a mirror for those who cultivate, no matter where the muddy pond, will also become valuable, a incomparable strength. Here is the lotus enlightenment, achieving clarity and freedom from mud. It is also testament to the vitality of the people of Vietnam. Lotus flowers are used in different ways: the seeds are used for tea, and the leaves are used to wrap green rice.
Lotus seeds can also be made into a tonic medicine and anesthetic and into an ingredient for sweet soup and other recipes. Besides,lotus is set to feature the symbol of Vietnam Airlines. Many of Vietnamese restaurants take lotus as a logo and that can be seen everywhere in the world. Lotus flowers are beautiful in both appearance and smell. Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck. When you come to visit Vietnam let’s look the lotus and to feel the peace as it brings the flowers.
January 9, 2018
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