The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek in Chiang Mai, Thailand
“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling
I am not sure with the real interpretation of this quote but after reading this, suddenly I remember my Chiang Mai (The Rose of the North) experience and one of those is seeing the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011-2012, the biggest international horticultural exhibition in Southeast Asia which attracts millions of visitors as what they say.
It just ended last March 14 but still I can't forget the irresistible fragrance and the splendid views of the flowers. Those bright colors add more life to my unexpected experience.
Other information about the event
The word Ratchaphruek is actually the Thai name of Thailand's national flower, Golden Shower Tree in English and Cassia fistula L. as the scientific name. Its yellow blossoms match the yellow of Buddhism and regarded as the color of the King. The unity and identity of Thais can be compared when the tree blooms at the same time. (wikipedia)
Based from their site, the Royal Flora 2011 has been dedicated to Royal perseverance and also commemorates the 7th cycle of his majesty the King’s 84th birthday anniversary, 80th birthday of her majesty the Queen and the Royal Crown Prince 60th birthday.
The Royal Flora aims to increase awareness about global warming, showcase the abilities of horticulturists in Thailand, foster international cooperation, encourage tourism, provides the opportunity for the sharing of knowledge about horticulture.
There are five mascots I noticed in the ticket which I think represent the essential things to form a new life like plants. I got curious so I checked their site for further information and here's what I found out.
1. Nong Khun is the Ratchaphruek flower (Thai's national flower) which represents the new generation environmentalist with new ideas and view points of earth and nature care.
Traits: Grown active, happy, energetic and confident
2. Ai Un isthe sunlight. Takes care of everyone. Brings sunshine to the world. Symbolizes charm, warmth and leadership.
3. Lom Bin is the wind which represents not only the wind but also electrical power.
Traits: Playful with full of energy, active
4. Din Chum is the fertility soil. Represent the mineral required.
Traits: Strong, kind and dependable.
5. Num Sai is the clean water. Couple together with Din Chum will provide fertility to the soil and luxuriate the crop.
Traits: Gentle, kind and cheerful.