BANGKOK, 17 DECEMBER, 2018: Students enjoyed the festival of Loy Krathong, the lantern festival and learnt the significance and history of the occasion on 22nd of November as students and teachers followed various rituals associated with the festival.
Loy Krathong is a regional festival in the Kingdom of Thailand, rooted in the tradition of making the floating basket. “Loy” means “float” and “Krathong” is a special Thai floating sculpture designed for floating on the occasion.
The celebration began with an introduction to Loy Krathong by Ms Sopa Sittisruang, Principal and Ms Sumita Jolly, Vice Principal. They explained how the festival originated from an ancient rural ritual of paying respect to the water spirits and that the light of the candle on Krathong is a way of honouring the Buddha and a symbolic expression to start a new life by letting go anger and bitter feelings.
The students and staff at school wore Thai costume on the occasion. There was a wonderful presentation of Noppamas- Queen Contest by Kindergarten kids. The celebration continued with the class-activity of making traditional Thai floating basket with a cross-section of a banana tree trunk and decorating it with plantain leaves, flowers, candle etc. The students and teachers then gathered at the banks of the Chao Phraya river and released the Krathong.
The carnival created noble thoughts and was an excellent experience for the learning community and stakeholders.