Around the World: Thailand

Thailand

We’ve arrived at the last stop of our global adventure —Thailand! An exquisite country in southern Asia, Thailand has a rich culture that blends elements of Indian, Chinese, and Cambodian cultures. Today’s artistic tradition is sure to brighten your day and light a smile on your face. 😉 Just look at this picture!

"Yi peng sky lantern festival San Sai Thailand" by Takeaway - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

Breathtaking, right? This lantern festival, called Yi Peng, is part of an ancient religious ceremony that pays homage to Buddha. It’s celebrated primarily in the city of Chiang Mai and is part of a larger religious tradition in Thailand called the Festival of Lights. While others release lotus-shaped offerings filled with candles, incense, and flowers onto bodies of water, the people of Chiang Mai instead release thousands of rice paper lanterns into the night sky while making a wish.

The ceremony and the amazing imagery created by thousands of lanterns in the night sky were so inspirational, we just had to ask one of our artists to create artwork inspired by Yi Peng. We think this card perfectly captures the simplistic beauty of this religious practice and art form.

CTMH Thailand card

Though this card takes a minimalistic approach, the gold sequins and purposeful stamping embody the warmth of the message it carries. Just like the people of Chiang Mai release paper lanterns as tokens of dedication and hope, giving a card to someone in need shows your dedication to that relationship—it says, “I really care about you.” Such a gesture can do so much to ignite hope in someone who is downhearted. It can be a light in an otherwise dark sky. That is the brightening influence you can have by sending your well wishes and beauty into the world.

The next time you create a card, think about these lanterns, and remember—you are striving to make the world beautiful, and that cause, in and of itself, is something to celebrate.

Feeling inspired? We know we sure are! Now that you’ve viewed artistic traditions from four countries around the world, we hope you take some time to reflect on all you’ve learned, and then create amazing artwork from your new pool of ideas. We’ve loved being your personal tour guide, and we hope to see you on another trip soon!

P.S. Folks, this is our last “Around the World” blog post! Be sure to leave a comment to enter to win the travel stamp giveaway! We will announce the winners on the blog Thursday, August 27, so be sure to tune in!

 Recipe
 
5 ½” x 4 ¼” Balloon Card
C1570 My Acrylix® Lifting Spirits, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, 1243 Goldrush Cardstock, 1273 Desert Sand Cardstock, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Thread

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107 thoughts on “Around the World: Thailand

  1. I love seeing the different traditions of far off places. The inspiration they bring that can then go into a scrapbook page or a card is wonderful.

  2. I’ve only seen one of these rice paper lanterns being released. I was in awe watching that single one and can’t imagine the beauty of seeing the night sky filled with so many lanterns. It has been a fun tour seeing how the artists have used the inspiration ideas for their creations. This is something I need to do more often myself.

  3. I have really enjoyed learning about all of these different places! Thanks for the education and inspiration!

  4. Just spectacular and heart-warming!! Really speaks to the heart to see so many lanterns being released and wishes being made. It just shows that everyone is someone’s special!:)

  5. That is a gorgeous picture! I never thought about it as an art form, but it is definitely artistically beautiful. The card is such a lovely representation!

  6. I know that a thoughtful word in a card can definitely change my mood. I know that a hand made card shows love and care in an even more special way. Thank you for the reminder that we can encourage others. The balloon card is simple yet totally elegant. Love it 🙂

  7. I just love this card; so simple and clean! The lantern photo might be my favorite of this whole series 🙂

  8. How absolutely beautiful! What I wouldn’t give to be standing there under all those lanterns as they floated up carrying their wishes to the Heavens…….

  9. Love, love the lanterns. As a small child, my husband and his brothers often sent candle lanterns into the star-filled night.

  10. Love the idea of this card and the inspiration of leaving caring thoughts onto another person’s day.

  11. This picture of Japan is breath taking. What a wonderful theme to use. This is the next best thing them to going there. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures and incentives you have brought to me and others. Good bless.

  12. My dad was stationed in Thailand during the ’60s and I love looking at his pictures of the incredible temples. I’d never heard of the lantern festival until this post.

  13. Hi Jeanette, the busy humming of the city of Bangkok is just too good. I love the heat, and the fact that it’s always hot and humid in Thailand appeals to me. It’s never jacket weather and I can always wear a t-shirt and shorts. And yes, the lantern festival is a must watch! Thanks a lot for sharing.

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