In Myanmar, where Theravada Buddhism flourishes, Saffron or Yellow robes have been offered to the Lord Buddha in different seasons for many hundreds of years. The robes are known as Waso-thingan, Kahtein-thingan, Matho-thingan, Kyar-thingan and Pantthaku-thingan. The Waso-thingan is the robe offered on the occasion of Waso,
"Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same." (Helen Keller)
The padauk is referred to as the national flower of Myanmar and is associated with the Thingyan period (Myanmar New Year, usually mid-April). Unfortunately, it is often mistaken with the Cassia fistula (Ngu-wah), which is the national flower of Thailand.
The thazin orchid is another national flower. According to a Myanmar poem, during the Konbaung era, the king had the right to claim the first flowering bud of thazin within the realm and any transgression was punishable by death.
Nobel-peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wrote about thazin orchid in her "Letters from Burma" book.
"Tiny exquisite blossoms, parchment colored with golden yellow stamens, drooping from a curve of translucent green stems. For the Burmese, the thazin is exceedingly romantic, delicate and difficult to nurture, its graceful beauty barely separable from the sharp coolness of the season when it comes into flower." (Aung San Suu Kyi, Letters from Burma)