Create a Tibetan Prayer Flag
Does your child have a wish or goodwill blessing he'd like to send out to the world? Traditionally carrying messages of peace, compassion, prosperity, or happiness, prayer flags are a rich part of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Encourage your child's interest in other countries and cultures by helping him create his own colorful prayer flag inscribed with a special message to share with the world.
What is a prayer flag? A prayer flag is a colorful panel or rectangular piece of cloth often hung along mountain ridges in the Himalayan mountains to bless the countryside or send out a message of goodwill. Prayer flags are thought to have originated in Tibet, and later became associated with Tibetan Buddhism.
What You Need:
- 9" x 12" or smaller piece of smooth fabric (try reusing an old sheet or pillowcase) in blue, white, red, green, or yellow (see step 1 for the symbolism behind each color)
- Fabric paint or fabric markers (Sharpies in various colors also work well)
- Safety pins
- Fishing line or other hanging string