Yeasterday’s European Festive Ceremony of planting tree was the first one in the series of events of International Zone at the occasion of The Mother’s week, and Auroville’s birthday.
Frederike, amongst others, while addressing the gathered, emphasized that the planted tree – Alstonia scholaris, which was recommended by the Botanical Garden for the climate in Auroville representing the oak tree, should united, and bring peace under the shade of the wide canopy of people hailing from Euorpean countries.
In joyful and relax atmosphere on sunny afternoon soil of 44 countries, along with samadhi ash and ash from The Mother’s room was mixed in Tibetian bowl and placed under the planted tree to feed it.
From Wikipedia: Alstonia scholaris (Apocynaceae, commonly called Blackboard tree, Indian devil tree, Ditabark, Milkwood pine, White cheesewood and Pulai (Bengali:?????; Assamese:???????); syn. Echites scholaris L. Mant., Pala scholaris L. Roberty) is an evergreen, tropical tree native to the Indian subcontinent and Indomalaya, Malesia and Australasia.
The Alstonia scholaris is a glabrous tree and grows up to 40 m tall, its mature bark is grayish and its young branches are copiously marked with lenticels. Flowers bloom in the month October. The flowers are very fragrant similar to the flower of Cestrum nocturnum.