Thursday, May 27, 2010
International Buddhist Flag
Today 27th May 2010 is Tathagat Gautam Buddha Jayanti (anniversary) Day. This year is also happened to be the 125th anniversary year of the International Buddhist flag. We know elaborate arrangements were also made to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the hoisting of the first Buddshist flag in Sri Lanka on the day of Adhi Vesak Poya Day on April 28, 2010.
On this day let us focus on International Buddhist flag. The Buddhist Flag symbolizes the six colours of the Halo that emanated from the holy body of the Buddha when he attained enlightenment under a Bodhi Tree at Buddha Gaya in India.Blue for his hair, Golden-yellow for the epidermis, Red for the flesh, White for the bones and teeth and Scarlet for the palms, heel & lips, as they became blended together a Sixth colour was formed.
The Buddhist Flag was designed jointly by Col. Henry Steel Olcotte and Anagarika Dharmapala. Ven.Migettuwatte Gunananda Nayake Thera hoisted the Buddhist flag for the first time in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) on April 28, 1885 at the Deepaduttaramaya Temple, Kotahena.
The Flag was officially accepted by a formal resolution of the World Fellowship of Buddhists in 1950.
The Flag is now widely used by the Buddhist Communities all over the World