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Thailand's National Flower is the ratchaphurk. The ratchaphruek was only named as Thailand’s national flower in October 2001. Previously, there had been no such symbol officially associated with the Land of Smiles. The elephant was named the national animal and the Thai pavilion was listed as the national architectural feature at the same time. Although Thailand chose the ratchaphruek as its national flower, and the tree can be seen in many places around the nation, it also flourishes in several other countries across Asia, including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. Known locally as the ratchaphruek, the official botanical name of the tree bearing Thailand’s national flower is the Cassia Fistula Linn. The tree might also be called the chaiyaphruek and the actual flower may be referred to as dok koon. The tree is also known as the Golden Shower / Rain Tree because of the vibrant yellow hues of the flowers and the fact that they grow in clusters that seem to tumble from the tree like raindrops. The name ratchaphruek means a royal tree. Each day of the week has a color connected to it – the King was born on a Monday, and Monday’s color is yellow. Therefore, yellow is the color most associated with the much-loved and respected late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Part of the reason the ratchaphruek was chosen as Thailand’s national flower is its bold yellow color. Yellow is associated with Buddhism, the country’s majority religion. Yellow is also seen as the color of glory, harmony, and unity. In Thailand, roadsides are often awash in yellow hues between February and May. The ratchaphruek’s flowers start to open at the end of Thailand’s cool season, remaining open throughout the hottest months.