Today was Wai Kru day at both my schools. It is a day for students to thank their teachers, and I was part of the lovely ceremony at Thai Samakee School. The day included chanting and singing, as well as a lot of wai-ing and flower giving. Us teachers, along with our Paw Aw (principal), sat up on the new stage (donated by the previous volunteer, Peter) and the students came up one group at a time to bow in front of the altar, the king, and us. Very sweet gestures all around; a manifestation of the codified appreciation and grattitude that is part of Isaan culture.
6th graders, Anuban, and all grades in between wait and listen:
Singing led by Bang and Peng:
On stage, students come in pairs and small groups to Wai and offer us flowers:
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