The Tibetan people have a custom of hanging brightly colored banners of cloth covered with prayers and mantras in the wind.
The hanging of prayer flags is considered a great act of generosity, and will bring great good fortune. Just imagine how many people the wind will eventually touch. The flags are not hemmed so that when the threads unravel onto the earth, the creatures who have their life in the soil are also blessed.
One must be careful not to hang the flags
on inauspicious days. According to tradition this will not bring benefit.
Auspicious days, on the other hand, will increase the benefit of your
act of generosity. You will find a list of these at the bottom of this
Our flags are strung together on
sturdy twine. A beautiful line drawing of the Goddess Tara is surrounded
by the 21 Praises of Tara in Tibetan script.
Tare!! Om Tare!!
Auspicious and Inauspicious Days For Hanging Prayer Flags
The Tibetans believe that the merit to be gained by the hanging of Prayer Flags can be inhibited, even reversed by hanging them on days that are considered inauspicious. This is determined by some complicated astrological acrobatics. We asked our Tara Dhatu Representative in Kathmandu, Andrea Abinanti, to help us figure out the auspicious and inauspicious dates for the rest of this Tibetan calendar year.
Auspicious dates mean that the merit to be gained is multiplied by the force of the astrological connection. These are calculated by the lunar cycle...... The 8th lunar day celebrates Tara, the 10th is called Guru Rinpoche Day, the 15th is Full Moon, the 25th is Dakini Day (Vajrayogini) and the 30th is Protector Day. These days often do not match our western calendar's progression.