The ECHO Cancer Foundation Announces it’s Participation in the Pink Prayer Flag Project
Norwich, CT –
The origin of prayer flags are from Tibet where the color of a prayer flag and the symbols printed on it create a prayer or offering that the wind distributes to the world each time it brushes against the flag.
The Tibetan word for a horizontal prayer flag is Lung ta, which translates literally as "wind horse”.
The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from wind and sun. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside of the old. Prayer flags fly from housetops, trees and mountain passes where the wind can catch and carry their message of hope throughout the world.
Tibet is a plateau region in Central Asia and is the indigenous home to the Tibetan people. With an average elevation of 4,900 meters it is the highest region on Earth and is commonly referred to as the “Roof of the World”. It is also considered to be the closest place to heaven and the skies above. Because of this, the prayer flags are offered up to the heavens and become one with the wind and the sky.
The Pink Prayer Flag Project came out of the Pink Cope Pink Hope event within the Stowe Weekend of Hope where the colors of the flags were used to specifically honor those diagnosed with breast cancer. They were made throughout the weekend at this cancer retreat sponsored in part by AstraZeneca & were hung in the Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow in Stowe, VT at the Prayer Flag Dedication Ceremony.
There, they flapped in the wind and became one with the sky.
So others could view the flags, they were transported to Maine where the Casco Bay Quilters lovingly transformed them into these banners. The Pink Prayer Flag Project will continue at oncology offices and cancer community centers as well as Breast Cancer Events creating a permanent tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people who have fought or are currently fighting breast cancer.
If you’d like to personalize a square in honor of yourself or someone special, please contact Laura at 860.886.8362 or stop by the
ECHO Cancer Foundation Office
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday’s from 9 AM – 1 PM