National flower of Vietnam – Dried Lotus Flowers
The Vietnamese has a famous folk poems meaning that “In the pond, nothing’s more beautiful than lotus, the flower of the dawn”. The elegance of the lotus is often cited in the Vietnamese folk songs and poems. To the Vietnamese, lotus is known as an exquisite flower, symbolizes the purity, serenity, commitment and optimism of the future as it is the flower which grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty.
At night, the flower closes and sinks under water. It rises and opens again at dawn. How it blossoms and recedes at certain times of the day makes the flower remain untouched by impurity. Thus, the lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. And just like the lotus, Vietnam has a strong affinity with the water. From history to present, Vietnamese farmers working on the paddy fields while fishermen make livelihood from the rivers and streams. Vietnamese civilization sprung out of the Red River delta, Mekong delta where wet-rice cultivation along with fishing and rice planting was the mainstay of living.
Lotus flowers are beautiful in both appearance and smell. The color of lotus flowers usually are pink, red, white, blue and purple, each color has different meaning but they all have pleasant smell and people simply love them at first sight. You can come up with in the lotus fields at Dong Thap Muoi of the Mekong Delta to experience great of Lotus – National flower of Vietnam.
Lotus flower for decoration
The lotus is a beautiful sight in Vietnam. You see them everywhere – in art, architecture, fashion and design. The lotus theme is presented in various motifs and different artistic styles. It appears not only on objects made of stone, pottery, paper, textile fabric and wood, but also on precious materials such as gold, silver, jade and ivory. The lotus flowers are also arranged in house or in hotel for decoration. Their charming scent and color create a sense of peace