Oceans of color flutter in the sky like a kaleidoscope of parrots migrating with the breeze.

The heavens of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, are alight with prayer flags: blue, white, red, green and yellow, each representing a natural element. Blue symbolizes the sky and space. White the air and wind. Red symbolizes fire. Green represents water and yellow, earth.

Together the elements create a perfect harmony, which casts itself throughout Buddha’s birthplace.

As winds blow through the prayer flags, they carry the mantras, spreading good will and compassion throughout Lumbini and the world.