06:00 | 08/07/2020 Society
(VEN) - The lotus is everywhere you look in Vietnam - in art, architecture, fashion and design, even cuisine.
The exquisite lotus has inspired poets. “In the pond, nothing’s more beautiful than lotus, the flower of the dawn,” according to one famous homage to the bloom. The elegance of the lotus is often cited in Vietnamese folk songs.
The plant is highly regarded in Southeast Asia. For Vietnamese people, it symbolizes purity, serenity, commitment and optimism, growing as it does in muddy water and rising above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. Vietnamese people see the lotus as a symbol of beauty overcoming darkness. Small wonder, then, that the lotus is Vietnam’s national flower.
Over time, the plant has also found its way into the Vietnamese cuisine, with many chefs incorporating parts or the whole flower into salads and special teas. One of the main criteria in choosing the national flower was its widespread presence, and Vietnam is very proud that the lotus can be found throughout the country.