Tibetan prayer flags
Nepal sutras basically written on these cloth banners were transmitted to the other regions of world as prayer flags. These flags are made of block-printed fabrics using traditional printing techniques. Originally the writings and the images were painted by hang by wood-blocks.
It is believed that, hanging the flags on an inauspicious time may bring misfortune so following rules and limitation are highly crucial. And fading of the color of the flags are believed to be a wish granted by the god.
There are two kinds of flags
Horizontal one – called lung-ta (wind-horse) are of square or rectangular shapes, they are usually hung in a diagonal string from high to low.
Vertical one – called Darchog (flagstaff) are usually large rectangle flags attached on the top of the vertical pole and are mainly planted on the rooftops and mountains.
Prayer flags essentially carry our prayers through the wind to be answered. Tibetans use to hang these flags in the spiritual place in their house.
COLOR AND ORDER
Traditionally these prayer flag are arranged in a set of 5 colors specifically blue, white, red, green, and yellow. These 5 colors represent the 5 elements sky, wind, fire, water, and earth respectively.
PRAYER FLAGS SHOULD NEVER BE STILL
Tibetan prayer flags should never be still, that’s the reason that they are tied high above so that they can flutter in the wind.
GOOD OMEN TO RECEIVE THEM AS A GIFT
Getting a Tibetan prayer flag as a gift is believed to be a good omen for the receiver. So, it’s a good option for gifting someone, the Tibetan flag.
TIME OF TIBETAN PAYER FLAG TO CHANGE
These flags must be change annually on the Tibetan New Year only.
FLAG SHOULDNEVER BE KEPT ON GROUND
Prayer flags should never be kept on ground, as it shows disrespect to the culture.
Good intentions are important while hanging these flags. You don’t need to be a Buddhist but the only thing to be needed is that you should not have any selfless motive behind or while hanging these flags.
These flags are used to promote peace, strength and unity among all.
Many prayer flags also depicts ‘mantras’. These flags can be placed inside your room and outside your house as well but must be placed high to invoke blessings of god.