Did you know that South Korea and Malaysia share a national flower?

Dubbed the Queen of Tropical Flowers, the hibiscus is both the national flower of these two countries. After achieving its independence in 1957, Malaysia searched for a national flower to symbolise her identity. In 1958, the Ministry of Agriculture sought proposals for a national flower from all state governments.

Found in abundance throughout the country, the Hibiscus Rosa Sinesis, also known as Brilliant Red, was chosen as the national flower in 1960 by Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.

The Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis, known locally as Bunga Raya, was chosen as it symbolises the nation’s Rukun Negara (principles of nationhood) with its five petals and the colour red symbolises the courage and unity of its people.

In addition, the many varieties, colour, shapes and sizes of the Hibiscus family reflects the different races, religion and multi-cultural background of Malaysians.

The Hibiscus Syriacus, the national flower for South Korea, is also known as the Rose of Sharon. They are pink mauve single flowers with a dark magenta eye.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis – the most commonly found species of Hibiscus in Malaysia – was declared our national flower in 1960.

Known in Korean as Mugunghwa, the flower’s symbolic significance stems from the Korean word mugung, meaning immortality. This word accurately reflects the enduring nature of Korean culture, and the determination and perseverance of the Korean people in times of trials in the past.

According to records, the Koreans have treasured the Hibiscus Syriacus since ancient times and have written about the love for the flower in their national anthem.

In conjunction with Malaysia’s National Day celebration, the brand is introducing the Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Light Cream and Moisture Ceramide Intense Cream with a limited-edition packaging featuring the hibiscus.

Formulated with the powerful moisturising hibiscus extract alongside ceramide ingredients, the Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Cream helps strengthen skin’s outer barrier by holding moisture close to the skin.

In conjunction with Malaysia’s National Day celebration, the Mamonde’s Moisture Ceramide Light Cream and Moisture Ceramide Intense Cream comes in limited-edition packaging featuring the hibiscus. Photo: Mamonde

To celebrate Merdeka Day, Mamonde is inviting all Malaysians to join in the 2017 Exclusive Notebook Design Contest, themed around the national flower, hibiscus.

This contest is initiated by Mamonde Malaysia to unveil the creativity of Malaysians and hopefully to instil and ignite the spirit of patriotism and love for the country.

Unleash your creativity and stand a chance to be crowned as Mamonde Malaysia’s Exclusive Notebook designer and the grand winner will also be entitled to a full year supply of Mamonde Ceramide Range of products worth RM1,584. The contest runs from tomorrow until Sept 17 and details are on their Facebook page (Mamonde MY).