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Tibetan Prayer Flags (Medium)

$14.00

Tibetan Prayer Flags (Medium)

$14.00
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- Handmade using age old block printing technique.
- There are 5 Rolls in a pack and each roll has 10 multi colored flags stiched to a rope.
- Each flag is 6.5" wide and 7.5" long with half feet string on each end.
- They are made up of 100% cotton.


History
The custom of hoisting Tibetan prayer flags date back to some thousand years within the nomadic communities (Dogpa) to ensure good fortune, luck and prosperity. They are colorful panels or rectangular cloths often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks in the Himalayas to bless the surrounding countryside. Tibetan prayer flags traditionally come in a set of five colors representing the five elements and are arranged from left to right in a specific order:
• Blue (symbolizing sky/space)
• White (symbolizing wind/air)
• Red (symbolizing fire)
• Green (symbolizing water)
• Yellow (symbolizing earth)
Tibetan prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown upward as offerings to the deities and will bring benefits (such as happiness and good health) to those who hang them and to those in the vicinity. It is thus advised to hang on a high place to ensure maximum exposure to all the living beings. Eventually the images on the flags fade from exposure to the element, however the prayers of the flag become a permanent part of the universe. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.

When to Hoist?
Prayer flags are hoisted on auspicious days such as Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the week and when the stars are in an auspicious arrangement according to the Tibetan calendar. It is generally believed that the first 15 days of the lunar calendar are good days to hoist the prayer flags with Friday being the most auspicious day. Prayer flags are also hoisted on special occasions such as the new years, marriage, childbirth and before starting major projects to bring good luck and prosperity. Personally, I hoist them whenever I am down or feel the need for some luck; the chance of that day being auspicious is very good at 93%.

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