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Loy Krathong 2013

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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!

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Lots more photos of the celebrations taken by Ally Taylor for the school blog:
1. Nursery and Kindergarten
2. Prathom 1-6

Loy Krathong

Panyaden School gives thanks on Loy Krathong day

Getting ready to float krathongs at Panyaden School Chiang Mai

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.

    Kindergarten students join the Loy Krathong procession, Panyaden School Chiang Mai     

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!

     

 

See more photos by Ally Taylor on the blog.

Making Our Own Krathongs

Krathongs made by Panyaden School students for Loy Krathong

“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!

Thai music teacher cutting up banana leaves for krathong-making (Panyaden School) Panyaden School art teacher preparing flowers for making kratongs with students Student of bilingual school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden, placing banana leave on kratong base Pinning banana leaves around krathong base made of banana stem (Panyaden School) Panyaden schoolboy decorating krathong base with banana leaves Panyaden School teacher and student decorating their krathong (float) for Loy Kratong) Panyaden School primary students hard at work decorating flowers

Students of different nationalities making krathongs at Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai Nursery student adding flowers to his krathong at Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai Caucasian student at Panyaden School making his own krathong Enthusiastic primary school and nursery students of Panyaden School Little boy making his krathong at Panyaden School

Teacher and student making krathong flower floats, Panyaden School Making krathongs for Loy Krathong Festival at Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai Flowers adorn krathongs - making the floats for Loy Krathong at Panyaden School Panyaden School studenr showing off her hand-made krathong Girl (student of Panyaden School) with the large krathong that she made at school Panyaden School student with traditional float (kratong) for the Loy Krathong Festival