Nearly 200 friends and family members have donated the prayer flags. They were inspired by Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags, which come in five traditional colors for the five elements: yellow (earth), red (fire), blue (sky), and green (air and wind). The flags are typically prayers and mantras for protection, happiness and enlightenment. As the wind moves over the flags, the prayers are carried to all living beings; including the people who create the flags. Their benefits are received in this life as well as in the life to come.