Thursday, May 10, 2012

Peacock - symbol of pride

The bird walks strut and likes to show off its plumage. Hence 'Proud as a peacock' is a common saying to refer a person who is self centered and yet elegant.

The colors on the feathers are vibrant and the hue of royal blue along the neckline of this exquisite bird is my all time favorite color.

Peacock is the national bird of India. We all know that from our history lessons. But did you know the rationale behind this? In order for a bird to be declared 'national', the bird must be widely distributed in the country. It must be recognizable for the common man. It must lend itself to formal depiction, i.e. abstract depiction on government publications, etc. It must not be confused with the bird emblem of any other nation. 

Moreover, peacock had great importance in the religious and legendary myths of India. The bird fit the bill perfectly and was declared national bird of India in 1963. 

Always proud of India and its rich culture, heritage and history! 

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