The story of the Lady of Flowers first came from the Buddhist scripture called the Sutra. It is said that the Lady of Flowers scatters the flower petals to test the students’ and Buddha’s level of practice. The flower petals drop off Buddha easily while they stick to the students’ clothing.
Why? The students hold onto “vikalpa” (discrimination) between self and other and the flower petals represent the other. However, Buddha is no longer caught in discrimination so flower petals drop naturally.
Nowadays, in Chinese culture, the Lady of Flowers scattering flower petals symbolises joy and happiness.
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(Image: Lady of Flowers lantern, Giant Lanterns of China, Edinburgh Zoo)