Panyaden marked this year’s Loy Krathong celebrations in two sessions, one for our little Nursery and Kindergarten (Anuban) children and another for our older Prathom students. Both groups began the festivities by making their own krathong with banana stems, leaves and colourful flowers topped with candles. Student representatives then explained the meaning of this traditional Thai festival before performing a dance to entertain their parents and teachers.
Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most beautiful annual festivals celebrated during the full moon of the twelfth Thai lunar month (November). Student dancers and musicians led a colourful procession of parents, teachers and students to the lake behind the main campus, playing the customary Loy Krathong festival song along the way. After thanking the river for providing water that sustains us all year long and making a wish, they quietly launched their krathong one by one into the lake.
We wish everyone in Thailand an enjoyable and happy Loy Krathong!
Panyaden School gives thanks on Loy Krathong day
Today, our students, staff and parents joined many in Chiang Mai and elsewhere in Thailand in making their own krathongs. After that, we sang and danced our way to the school swimming pool where two representatives gave a bilingual introduction on the meaning of Loy Krathong.
Loy Krathong is a charming Thai celebration held annually on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month (November). This festival pays respect to the Buddha and to rivers that give us life, asking for forgiveness for any pollution or misuse by humans and to give thanks for the water that gives us sustenance. It is also seen as a ceremony to float away any bad luck from the last 12 months.
‘Loy’ means ‘to float,’ while ‘krathong’ refers to the lotus-shaped vessel that floats on water. The krathong is usually made of banana leaves wrapped around the cut trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. It contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candles and sometimes coins.
After the introduction by our able MCs, we enjoyed a traditional Thai dance, “Rabam Sukhothai” performed especially for this festival by our dance students. The ceremony ended with a gesture of our gratitude to the Buddha and to the River Goddess. We lifted our krathongs to say thank you and made a silent wish before carefully releasing them onto the water.
Happy Loy Krathong everyone!
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“Loy Krathong is here and everyone’s full of cheer” (Loy Krathong song). Part of the festive fun today was making our own krathongs at Panyaden School and floating them in the swimming pool before we took them home. We also helped our teachers light some Chinese lanterns and watched them fly off into the sky.
It is easy to buy krathongs everywhere during the festival but nothing beats making your own with your friends or family and seeing your handiwork stay upright, floating along happily on the water.
To make a krathong, we first cut slices of banana stem to make the lotus-shaped base. Then we folded and pinned banana leaves around it. Finally we decorated it with pretty flowers, incense sticks and candles. Voilà our very own krathong!