Sunday, 31 August 2008

Bunga Raya - Our National Flower

In celebrating our Merdeka Day (Independence Day) today, here are some photos of our National Flower - Bunga Raya (Hibiscus).

There are many varieties of hibiscus and Malaysia's National Flower is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (family Malvaceae) which we locally call the Bunga Raya. The flower was chosen as our National flower in 1960 by by Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. Symbolically, the five petals of the bunga raya represent the Rukunegara (Five Principles of Nationhood) while the red colour represents courage.

8 comments:

  1. here in the Philippines, that flower is called gumamela.

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  2. @Anya,
    thanks for sharing. :-)

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  3. The flower is beautiful... :) A perfect National Flower

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  4. Our national flower's really symbolic and meaningful..Happy Merdeka!

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  5. I like the bunga raya - it's five petals perfectly symbolises our Rukunegara alright!

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  6. @MBL & foongpc,
    yes, they are perfect as our National Flower. Wish we plant it more to show our appreciation. :-)

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  7. @Ms Recipe,
    they are beatiful, aren't they.

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