As the Half Day School (HDS) School wraps up its fifth week of the new term, students have been welcomed back with an exciting start to the semester! Fun activities have been incorporated into their school days, including jungle trekking, visiting a local rice farm, and krathong-crafting for the annual Thai festival of Loy Krathong. The HDS students have returned to school ready to learn both inside and outside of the classroom, and we are excited to see what this semester brings!
Loy Krathong is festival celebrated annually in Thailand and certain areas of the Greater Mekong Sub-region, occurring on the evening of the full moon in November. The festival is celebrated for many days surrounding the evening of the full moon in many beautiful and exciting ways, including street parades, beauty pageants, fireworks, the releasing of sky lanterns, and most importantly, creating and floating krathongs in a local river!
“Loy” is a Thai word meaning “to float,” and a krathong is a lotus-shaped, hand-made object, most commonly made out of banana stalks and leaves and accessorized with candles, incense sticks, flowers, and sometimes coins as offerings to the river spirits.
The Half Day School students had a lot of fun creating their own krathongs, folding banana leaves into intricate and beautiful designs and decorating their creations with flowers, candles, and incense sticks. At the end of the school day, students celebrated the holiday in the traditional Thai manner, making a wish as they each let go of their krathongs and watched them float away in the river.
The HDS students have returned to school ready to learn both inside and outside of the classroom, and we are excited to see what this semester brings!
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