Frangipanis to sweeten riverside park
Government officials will join the general public in planting frangipani in Chao Anouvong Park in Vientiane this Saturday. As part of the celebrations to mark the 450th anniversary of Vientiane as the capital of Laos, authorities aim to plant 450 frangipani trees in the park that runs alongside the Mekong River. The project is roughly divided into three main sections – spreading information and knowledge of the national flower amongst the wider community, planting the frangipani trees, and holding a Buddhist ceremony to invoke blessings from ancestors. The first stage took place in May, with lectures and seminars held about the frangipani (dok champa), which has formed an important part of Lao culture for many centuries. The first lot of 150 frangipanis were planted in the park on Arbor Day (June 6), in an area running from the Presidential Palace to the Lane Xang Hotel. Today will Frangipanis to sweeten riverside park see a further 100 frangipanis planted in the vicinity from Siengnheun temple to the Presidential Palace, with the remaining 200 trees to be planted later. This weekend’s event will also include musical continued page 3 performances, dances, and other entertainment to encourage people from all walks of life to come and enjoy the occasion. The planting of the flowers at Chao Anouvong Park aims to create a pleasant green environment for everyone to enjoy, with the flowers releasing their sweet fragrance across the park. In the coming months a special Buddhist ceremony will be held in memory of kings Anouvong, Fa Ngum and Xaysetthathirath. The frangipani is regarded as a sacred tree in Laos and every temple has at least one tree in its courtyard. The flower is said to represent sincerity and joy in life.
Data from Vientiane time 10/10/10