For an avid admirer of flowers one of the advantages of staying in a tropical country is the possibility to see Frangipani (Plumeria) in blossom. In India I’ve spotted only two varieties so far – white-and-yellow and red-and-orange, and both of them are nothing less than fantastic. The intoxicating fragrance of Frangipani is sweet, tender and powerful at the same time – no wonder it has a romantic significance in many cultures. And speaking of cultural significance, it’s much more diverse than one may think:
For example, in Malay folk tales these trees are often planted at graveyards as they’re usually associated with demons, vampires and ghosts.
In Bengali culture Plumeria, as long as many other white flowers, is used at funerals.
Fangipani flowers also have religious purposes and are often used as an offering to the gods in Hindu temples of Bali.
In India it’s one of the most popular fragrances for the incense sticks. In the south of India brides and grooms exchange Frangipani garlands at weddings.
In Polynesian culture a woman may choose Plumeria to inform of her relationship status: a flower is worn over the right ear if means “I’m in searches”, and over the left – “I’m not interested”! 🙂
t was hard to choose from dozens of Frangpani photos I’ve taken in India, but here are some of them
Simplicity and charm of white
The beauty of the flowers makes one forget about the garbage at the background