Making Prayer Flags has always been a social event in Bon and Buddhist communities In Tibet.The native people made their own flags to honor the nature gods of Bon. They used colors of the five elements: blue for sky or space; white for air or clouds; red for fire; green for water and yellow for earth. They hung the flags over mountain passes and rivers to benefit all who would pass underneath.
The Wind Horse (Lung-ta) carrying the “Wish Fulfilling Jewel of Enlightenment” is the most prevalent symbol used on prayer flags. It represents good fortune. It signifies the uplifting life force energies and opportunities that make things go well. When one’s lungta is low, obstacles constantly arise. When lungta is high, good opportunities abound. Raising Wind Horse prayer flags is one of the best ways to raise one’s lungta energy.
The other main symbols that appear on the Prayer Flags are The Four Dignities, or the four animals. They are the Garuda, Dragon, Snow Lion and Tiger and are seen in the corners of many Tibetan prayer flags, often accompanying the Wind Horse. They represent the qualities and attitudes necessary for development on the spiritual path to enlightenment which include awareness, vast vision, confidence, joy, humility and power. Along with these symbols, the three essential heart mantras and the mantras of the five elements are printed on the Prayer Flags in order to benefit all beings.
Put your intention to a prayer flag & weave in with other members & learn from Nepali artist at the festival.