Yesterday Thailand celebrated Loy Krathong day! Although I’m a bit rusty about my overall knowledge of the special day, it pays homage to the Water Goddess by releasing lotus shaped rafts (krathongs), sometimes made of bread, decorated with incense, candles, and flowers down a river.
Typically, Loi Krathong falls on the twelfth lunar month, usually in November, at the end of the rainy season. It symbolizes a way of saying thank you for the previous year’s abundant supply of water and to make an apology for polluting the water. Some people believe it also symbolizes ‘floating away’ anger, etc. from the previous year and offers a fresh start. Sometimes, people put some of their hair or a fingernail to release any negative feelings or energy and to start fresh. It’s believed that if your candle stays lit until the krathong is out of sight, you’ll be in store for a year’s worth of good luck.
We celebrated this special day at school with the kids taking a break from their usual uniforms and wearing traditional Thai dress. Needless to say, it was absolutely adorable to see them in their attire and the pictures never stopped! It also helped remind me how young and precious they really are…somehow they seem older and more mature in their Thida uniforms. A good way to regain perspective.
The Anubans held an assembly during the morning (easy to hear while trying to teach) in the main area, complete with dances and games. In the center was a mini kid pool, where many students and teachers placed their krathongs ‘down the river.’ I had the fortune of having second period off and joined in on the fun. I’ve never been grabbed for so many pictures before!
The MEP students had their assembly after lunch in the assembly area. They too enjoyed singing the traditional Loi Krathong song, dancing, and playing games with their class. The Super teachers were ‘invited’ to participate and found ourselves rather sweaty after participating in a relay race, some sort of limbo game, and a class snake game. It was good fun, but definitely exhausting in that heat! After, the MEP students also sent their krathongs ‘down the river.’
I had the good fortune to go to the pier and take a small boat out on the water. There, we lit our krathongs and lanterns and enjoyed watching them float and fly away. I don’t think we could’ve handled anymore people on that boat…it was tipping back and forth pretty good! It was nice to see this event this year, as last year’s event was dampened by heavy rain all evening. My krathong a student gave me never got it’s proper use.