Monday, March 23, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday - Dok Khun

Dok Khun

Commonly known as the 'golden shower tree,' the Dok Khun flowers start to bloom just before New Year. The flowers, tied together in bunches, are used for scattering water for water blessing ceremonies. They are also in the silver bowl of water used for the New Year's blessings. Since they have so many cultural uses, it's easy to see why the Dok Khun is the National Flower of Thailand.

Whenever I see the flowers, I feel the great lazy feeling of this time of the year. March through May are the hot season, with the hottest part of the year during mid-April, which is the time of the Lao New Year.

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8 comments:

Lisa Shatzer said...

What BEAUTIFUL flowers!!!

jenX67 said...

That is gorgeous, and the perfect photo for mellow yellow. It's way more inviting than mine!

Today's Blah... said...

Oh, I've never seen one like that here. That would be a nice house ornament I think.

Teena in Toronto said...

What a cool tree!

I played too ;)

Bryan said...

Beautiful flowers and an informative post. Nicely done.

Violet said...

dripping yellow. very nice.
thanks for the information about the flower - that adds more meaning to the photo.

Dianne said...

that's a beautiful scene, raining yellow!!

floreta said...

this looks so pretty! what a beautiful highlight to the yard.