Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
This week's "Little Creatures" episode is about the Yellow Valerian, it's one of the Seven Autumn Flowers (Nanahana no Sekku) according to classical Japanese culture. In Japanese culture there are seven autumn flowers. Those are, next to the Yellow Valerian, bush clover, miscantus, kudzu, large pink, boneset and Chinese bellflower. These flowers are also classical kigo for autumn.
A haiku example on Yellow Valerian by Matsuo Basho:
hyorohyoro to nao tsuyukeshi ya ominaeshi
in droplets of dew.
|Credits: American Yellow Valerian (Orchid family)|
yellow valerian flowers--
in tough spring
|Credits: Japanese Yellow Valerian|
Another nice flower is the Marigold. Why do I bring this flower up in this post? Well ... today it's the first day of Diwali, the Hindu Light-festival. During Diwali the Marigold is one of the most seen flowers to decorate homes and streets. Marigold is also known as "thousand leaves flower".
Deepawali or Diwali is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word “Deepawali” refers to rows of diyas, or clay lamps. This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika, according to the Hindu calendar. This festival commemorates Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile. The myths around Rama and Ravana are told during another holiday, known as Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami.
|Credits: Diwali decorations|
So .... happy Diwali!
thousand orange leaves
counting my blessings every day -
I light a candle
I hope you did like this "Little Creatures" episode and I hope it will inspire you to write haiku and share them with us all.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Thursday October 30th at noon.