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What is the color for your Zodiac sign?

Color is a perception of how we see various wavelengths of light, but it has also held significant, sacred meaning since the beginning of human civilization. Color pigments like blue used to be as valuable as gold, and were used sparingly in art as a way of showing off wealth or religious devotion. As we’ve mentioned previously color is especially significant in Thailand, where each day of the week has a corresponding color.

Astrology and color are also intrinsically linked, with each zodiac sign having an associated power color. So, what exactly is a power color? Your power color is the color that makes you feel more vibrant, strong, and confident. It’s the color that projects your inner energy. Zodiac signs each have their own associated power color, so if you identify with your astrological sign then this guide should help you identify the right power color for you.

zodiac sign circle chart

Aries - Red

Aries is closely associated with red: energetic, passionate, powerful, a leader. Aries is ruled by Mars, the red planet and Roman god of war. Red might feel bold, but choosing to stand out brings so much confidence! Incorporate it into your wardrobe or around your house and embrace your inner energy and strength.

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Taurus - Green

Taurus is tied to the earth, with the goddess planet Venus, also the goddess of love. Green is a color that inspires you to be centered, calm, and in tune with nature. Wearing green can help you welcome your connection to Mother Earth!

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Gemini - Yellow

Yellow is symbolic of energy and happiness, and wearing it makes you seem open and kind. It’s a great power color to channel when you need a boost, and makes you easy to approach.

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Cancer - White

Embrace serenity and peace. Wearing white can enhance your empathy and openness to others, bringing you closer to those around you. It’s a calming power color that is easy to embrace, especially in warmer months.

men's white serenity shirt

Leo - Gold

Gold is a luxurious, fiery color that has historically symbolized royalty and wealth. It makes you literally shine in a crowd, so wear it on those days that you want to stand out!

women's gold blossom pants

Virgo - Green

You’re an earth sign, and green is representative of your connection to nature. Embracing green in your daily life can help you feel more at ease with the world around you, especially on difficult days.

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Libra - Pink/Pastels

Libras are drawn to soft colors, especially pastel pinks and blues. You’re a dreamer, and incredibly creative. Your power color helps you focus those far off thoughts. Keep your head in the clouds and find a way to share your imagination with others.

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Scorpio - Scarlet

Scarlet, as with all red hues, brings out your natural intensity. Wearing your power color helps you connect with those passionate emotions, reminding you to put 100% into everything you do in life. If you carry yourself with strength and confidence whenever you enter a room other people can immediately tell you’re strong willed from the moment they meet you!

women's red thai pants

Sagittarius - Blue

You’re always seeking greater clarity, and taking the time to meditate and breathe is essential to centering yourself. Surrounding yourself with blue helps you reach that place of inner peace, and helps you carry that calm intellect with you throughout your day.

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Capricorn - Black

Black obviously has some dark connotations, but to look at it as a negative is the wrong idea. Black makes you feel sophisticated and put together, and helps you get in tune with the depth of your thoughts and feelings. Black absorbs light, and you can apply this principle to your relationships - absorbing what other people have to say and taking it to heart.

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Aquarius - Turquoise

Turquoise is closely tied to water, a reminder of sunny days and soft waves. Turquoise is refreshing, and wearing it can inspire you to cleanse yourself of the bad energy and embrace the moment you’re in!

women's turquoise blossom pants

Pisces - Deep Blue

You’re a water sign, connected to the moon and the ocean. Deep blue helps you connect to the ebb and flow of your own emotions, embracing the ups and downs with a bit of grace and calm - just like the tide.

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Looking for more guidance? Check out our product guide to help you decide which Hippie Pants are the best fit for you! 


Do Buddhists Celebrate Christmas?

For Buddhists, especially those living in the western world, the holidays are a time of year when they’re often asked if they celebrate Christmas. While it might seem like the answer is obvious, in reality the two faiths are more connected than people realize. Their relationship goes back centuries, and the Christmas season has always been quite compatible with Buddhist beliefs. In the United States many practicing Buddhists celebrate Christmas in some form.


Christmas, especially if you grew up in the West, goes beyond its original importance as a religious holiday. People of many different faiths, and even no faith at all, celebrate the holiday. It seems to be everywhere you go from Thanksgiving until New Years. Many of its traditions have become somewhat separate from religion. While churches may be the most popular organizers of charitable movements during Christmas time, the general drive to give back during the month of December is felt by those of every faith. There is a sense of conclusion as the year comes to an end, and people are motivated to give back and start their new year off in a positive way.

 

jesus and buddha with earth in background


While the consumer aspects of Christmas go against Buddhist teaching, the spirit of Christmas is completely compatible. Buddhists easily take part in it, focusing on helping the needy and giving back to others. The Christmas season presents an opportunity to spend time with people of many different faiths, working side by side to do good.


Buddhism is not monotheistic, and as such does not put much emphasis on a single God or creator. Buddha himself is not a god. Christianity believes in one God made up of a holy trinity, and that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. While Buddhists do not believe he is God, they have traditionally held Jesus in high regard. Much of what he taught is very compatible with Buddhist teachings. He is considered a “Bodhisattva” - a Sanskrit word given to those who give up their own comfort in order to help those in need, and live a life of self-sacrifice. The book “Living Buddha, Living Christ” by Thich Nhat Hanh is an excellent book that looks at how Jesus and Buddha might have viewed each other’s spiritual beliefs. For Western Buddhists who grew up in traditionally Christian households it’s an excellent read.

 

hand holding canned food


Buddhists also celebrate their own important holiday on December 8th. Bodhi Day celebrates Buddha achieving enlightenment beneath a bodhi (fig) tree. In many Buddhist homes a fig tree is decorated in lights to commemorate this event. Fig trees are not always easy to get ahold of in places like the U.S., and some Buddhists use fur trees instead. For the entire month of December special meals are shared with families and cookies baked in the shapes of hearts (the shape of fig leaves) are given out to loved ones and neighbors. Gift giving is a good deed and spreads the positivity of the holiday.

 

buddha under fig tree painting


In Thailand, where 90% of the population is Buddhist, it might seem surprising to see Christmas decorations and hear Christmas songs playing in places like shopping centers. In reality, this open acceptance of a Christian celebration makes total sense within the Buddhist faith. Tolerance is a foundation of Buddhist beliefs. Understanding that people have different views, and accepting that completely, is necessary for any practicing Buddhist.


Additionally, the Thai people know how to celebrate! Any opportunity to take part in festivities is welcomed. They might not believe in Christmas as a religious day, but they can always have a good time. Some of this comes from the Thai concept of “sanuk,” basically meaning enjoyment, that defines Thai culture.


Buddhists strive to achieve Enlightenment and end the cycle of rebirth. Christians work to follow Christ’s teachings and the rules of the Bible in order to reach heaven. Buddhism is about inner reflection, while Christianity is about a God outside of oneself. However, both faiths advocate for very similar paths to achieve these goals: humility, charity, kindness, and selflessness. There are major differences, but they share the most basic principles. In the end, doing good brings happiness and positivity to people of all beliefs. Christmas is a wonderful time to be reminded of this. The diversity of its celebration makes it truly special!

 

ornament with christmas tree in background

 

Do you have a special way you celebrate Christmas? Do you incorporate other faiths or ideas? What does the spirit of Christmas mean to you?


All of us here at Hippie Pants hope that you have a wonderful, blessed holiday season! We hope that the goodness of the Christmas spirit inspires you this year to live life compassionately, not just in December but every day!


Yoga and Thai Hippie Pants: Synergy and Harmony through Movement

Since the inception of the Hippie Pants brand, we have always connected our pants with the practice of yoga. It is an effortless association in our minds to connect the comfort of our materials to the inter-dimensional practice of yoga, both in the spirit and body. 

Yoga balance and harmony

However, the connection is runs deeper. There are parallels in our overarching values and principles instilled in our business and those involved in the practice of yoga. Slow fashion, of which we are proponent, can be viewed similarly to the progression of an individual's journey through their own practice of yoga, to be mindful through each step as we grow in our lives and bodies. When we slow down on our path, we are able to be a witness to every step of our journey and engage every aspect of our life. Our ability to have personal control and external awareness is deeply ingrained to our lifestyle as well as our business principles

Initially, yoga asana practices (the exercise movements that we most commonly equate with yoga today) were created merely as a gateway to a stronger and more blissful meditation practice. Hatha yoga was the first practice in this creation to calm the body's nervous system so that the meditational practice would still the mind. 

Origin yoga

Nowdays, we have multitudes of varieties of yoga, from more inward calm classes like yoga nidrayin yoga, and meditation to more high intensity and energetic classes like vinyasa, ashtanga, and aerial yoga classes) Yoga has definitely become an amazing vessel for connecting us to our breath and has been a stress reducer for our chaotic whirlwinds and hectic lifestyles. The physical practice itself tones our muscles, aligns our structure, increases flexibility, integrates our breath into our nervous systems, and aids in circulation. Just to practice the more strenuous exercises in our Thai pants allows you to feel graceful and flexible while connecting to the worldly art of yoga.  

But, some of the most intriguing aspects of yoga lie within the spiritual transformations that yoga influences consciously through daily practice, conscious breathing work, and attending to our physical body and internal organs. As the practice intensifies so does the expansion of the awareness of how we can correlate to ourselves. Through meditational guides, yoga teaches principles of healthy digestion, better respiratory systems, calming of the nervous system, and overall harmony of every function in our human body. As yoga in Sanskrit roughly translates to 'unity' or 'joining together', it's essence is truly to merge mind, body, and spirit to create a blissful way of life.  

Brown Chang Pants

Clothing has a huge impact on the mobility and comfort during any corporal art form and the case is true for yoga too. Wearing natural and loose fibers both allows the practice to be fluid and gently hints at the morals and values of yoga through representation in the patterns of the clothing worn. Thai pants have an elastic waist to easily move from pose to pose without getting caught and to avoid slippage. They also have elasticated ankles to avoid slippage when either or both legs are in elevated positions. As well as feeling beautiful and connected to ones own movements, it is essential not to be bothered by shifting clothing or scratchy fibers 

Part of our inner beauty is feeling beautiful and, wlthough just the beginning, by wearing beautiful and stylish clothing we begin to work on authenticity and self-worth. If the mind does not want to stop thinking about how we look, it will not be able to grow to the degree it is possible. Thai hippie pants allow that expansion to be effortless and tasteful. The design, vegan materials, functionality, and values behind the pants allow our inward beauty to be represented outwardly- now, it is in full harmony and high functioning. 

Black crystal hippie pants

We believe in the constant search for a more mindful and healthy lifestyle where knowledge and fullness in life are embraced and attainable. We nurture healthy routine, compassion, and understanding. And, as our pants are brought to you straight from Thailand, a place long known as the 'Land of Smiles', we hope that a little more peace and happiness can be spread worldwide.  

Please visit our about us page, to learn more about our values and how we work, as we aspire to be part of your conscious wardrobe rather than than just another piece of clothing. Thai Pants, more than apparel or fashion, are a representation of a richer, intentional and present lifestyle.


Understanding barefoot culture in Thailand

Barefoot walkingEvery culture has its traditions and customs. Thailand, of course, is no exception. The country has a number of very specific behavior patterns.  The traditions about appropriate footwear are quite fascinating.  If you are scheduled to travel to Asia, here's a valuable tip: take good care of your feet now. Why? They will be on show for the whole time you're there. 

First things first: spirituality is very important to the people of Thailand. One’s head is considered the most important part of the body, because it is their connection to the divine. Because of this, no one’s head should be touched. A person’s feet, on the other hand, are a less noble part of their body because they are considered unclean.  For this reason, one should never point one’s feet toward any Buddha statues, which are scattered throughout the country, nor toward a monk.

In many places it is considered offensive not to remove your shoes. This is taken so seriously that many Thai tourist sites have areas reserved for the shoes of your visitors.

monks bare feet thailand

There are some basic things you need to know for your travels. To begin with, never enter a temple if not barefoot. If there are no shelves available for you to store your shoes, make sure to leave them on the floor near the door.  In Thailand, a popular belief is held that spirits protect the places they live and disturbing these entities would bring bad luck.  For this reason, you should not step on or sit on the entrance of the gate to the household while wearing shoes.  Whether you believe in such things or not, always be respectful to the views of others, particularly when you are a guest in their country.

This custom is also held in schools where shoes are left outside of the classroom on racks adorning the walls. Small shops also follow this tradition.  Homes in Thailand are generally kept very clean and have polished floors.  Leaving your shoes outside helps keep them clean as you will not be tracking any dirt from your shoes into someone’s house.

Take off your shoes sign thailand

It is also important to know that traditionally, Thai families sit on the floor during meals, both in their homes and in restaurants, particularly in the northern areas of the country.  When you’re sitting on the floor to eat, your food is generally served in small trays.  The important rule to remember in this situation is that you should never have your feet pointed toward the food and, of course, be careful not to invade anyone’s space.

These traditions may seem complex and sometimes confusing, but don’t worry. If in doubt, always look for a pile of shoes, and if you see one then you’ll know you should remove yours.  It is recommended that you wear sandals or flip-flops, as you will often be taking your shoes off and it’s just easier to wear something that can be easily removed and put back on.  Another great tip is to carry baby wipes with you at all times so you can quickly remove any dirt from the soles of your feet. 

Now you’re ready to begin your trip and enjoy all the wonderful sights Thailand has to offer!

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Buddhism: the leading faith in Thailand

Religion has always been part of the everyday life of the Thai people so it’s little wonder about 95% of the population follows Theravada Buddhism, which is the official religion of the country. It has as its basis the teachings of Buddha, who is also known as “the enlightened” or “nee Siddhartha Gautama.”

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