Known colloquially as the heaven lotus, the Siam tulip blooms every summer in Thailand’s Chaiyaphum Province.
Thailand is a country of exceptional natural beauty. Many parts of Thailand boast stunning landscapes, particularly the Chaiyaphum Province in the northeast. It is here that the Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival is observed, an important cultural tradition that celebrates the blossoming of the Siam tulip, an especially beautiful flower that holds great significance to the Thai people. ChildFund has worked in Thailand since 1959, and although many regions are mired in poverty, events like the Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival symbolize the hope and endurance of the human spirit.
The 'Heaven Lotus'
Siam tulips bloom during Thailand's rainy season, between June and August. The humidity of this time of year produces perfect growing conditions for these delicate and beautiful flowers, which are also known as "heaven lotuses," or "bua sawan" in Thai. The rolling hillsides of Chaiyaphum explode in riotous blooms of color every summer, and the Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival celebrates the flowering of the Siam tulip as a symbol of new growth, hope and prosperity for the future.
In addition to being one of Thailand's most important summer celebrations, the Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival also has a range of economic benefits for the province. In recent years, the Siam tulip has become increasingly popular as a floral centerpiece in bouquets and arrangements, and as a result, the country's floral export industry relies on the Siam tulip as a primary source of revenue during the rainy season.
As one of Chaiyaphum's most popular events, the Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival also plays an important role in regional tourism. Thousands of visitors flock to the province between June and August to see the Siam tulips for themselves, and the rock gardens where many of the flowers grow are estimated to be as old as 1 million years, making them a must-see attraction for travelers. This influx of tourists provides the province with much-needed revenue and plays a significant role in the area's sustainable tourism initiatives.
One of the best places to view the vast fields of Siam tulips is Sai Thong National Park. Here, guests can travel to the Pha Ham Hot to look out over the purple fields during the Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival, and funds generated by tourism to the area help protect this precious nature preserve for future generations.
For some families in Thailand, tourism is a vital source of income, and events like the Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival are crucial to sustaining the economic well-being of the country. Celebrations like this not only provide jobs for people living in Thailand but also offer tourists a glimpse into the rich cultural traditions of this country.