Loy Krathong is on Friday
Loy Krathong is one of the most popular festivals in Thailand. Thai people rely on farming, thus, water. Therefore, they celebrate the harvesting season.
It is believed that Loy Krathong began as a way of worshipping and giving thanks to the Goddess of water for the water they consumed daily as well as the water from the rains for farming. The festival is on the full moon night of the 12th month (normally November) when water levels are at their highest each year, following the Thai traditional lunar calendar. This also happens to be the time when the moon is the most beautiful, too. In addition, as Thai people cyclically harvest their rice crops around this time of the year, it is also a time for festivals and celebrations.
As is our tradition, everyone in the STA community is encouraged to wear traditional Thai costumes on this day. This year we will celebrate Loy Krathong on Friday 19th November. After a long period of virtual teaching and learning at home, it will be fun to dress up and enjoy seeing our teachers and friends in the beautiful costumes of the host country around our school.
Thai costumes can be found at Prakanong market, Chatuchak Weekend Market and Thai costume shops.
As well as this, The Primary School students will make their own Krathongs during Thai lessons week 15-19 November. We encourage you to use this Krathong for the whole family, if you want to float into the river, and make a wish together, to reduce waste and limit our impact on the environment. Children will have a lovely opportunity to try and do Thai handicrafts and appreciate the beauty of natural materials while learning to make a Krathong out of banana leaves and flowers. All materials needed for Krathong making will be prepared and provided to the students individually.
We look forward to seeing students join our special day in Thai costumes and enjoy themselves by making their own Krathong activities.