This is the season when one notices and enjoys the beauty of winter. I was warming up with a cup of hot chocolate and gazing outside how peaceful was snowing. I started to admire the snowflakes slowly whirling in the air and think about their unique journey across the terrestrial atmosphere that confers them beauty. My mind started to recall their names in different languages, names that I’ve heard across the globe accompanied by smiles and delight. These thoughts revealed that every culture has names that express their gracefulness and beauty is a common language that rises above cultural diversity.
English – Snowflakes
German – Snowflakes – Schneeflocke
French – Snowflakes – Flocon de neige
In German and French the words also allude to a clump of wool.
Italian – Snow bow ties – Fioco de neve
Polish – Snow petals – Płatek śniegu
Romanian – Snow down feathers – Fulgi de nea
Spanish – Snow little cups – Copos de nieve
Sinhala – Snow little flowers
So wherever you are, use your senses to enjoy the season and remember a Zen proverb that states: “A snowflake never falls in the wrong place”.