Loy Krathong Festival
Updated: Nov 14, 2019
On Monday, November 11th, the annual Loy Krathong festival was celebrated across Thailand. This festival is celebrated with the full moon of the 12th Thai month every year (based on the Thai lunar calendar). Loy Krathong was adapted by Buddhists 6,000 years ago to honor the Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama, and the water goddess. People pay respect to the water goddess and make wishes for the coming years by releasing Krathongs into the water and paper lanterns into the sky.
My kindergarten class spent the upcoming week learning about the Loy Krathong Festival before we celebrated. In class, we practiced the traditional Loy Krathong song, dance, and games. We also made our own krathongs out of banana tree trunks, banana leaves, flowers, candles, and incense. The students had so much fun creating their krathongs and I loved learning alongside them.
On the day of the Loy Krathong, all of kindergarten had a huge celebration. Students and teachers dressed up in the traditional festival attire... I have never seen anything more adorable than my students dressed up! They all looked like little Thai princesses and princes. The little girls wore plastic dress up high heals and even a little make up. Ugh it was so precious. All the kindergarten classes spent the day in the school court yard rotating between stations learning about the festival, playing games, and practicing releasing their krathonhs into a mini floaty pool. We celebrated with traditional treats in banana leaf boats. Such a wonderful cultural experience with my students! ♡