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Teacher’s Appreciation Day in Thailand – Wan Wai Kruu

Teacher’s Appreciation Day( วันไหว้ครู

 
The วันไหว้ครู
/
Wan Wai Kru/ or
Teachers’ Appreciation Day
, which is held shortly after
the beginning of the term, on the first Thursday of June, as for
Thais, Thursday is traditionally the day of wisdom and teachers. It’s first
time for Paul to be part of this ceremony. Each class prepared two flower trays
a week ahead. In all the Thai schools, from kindergarten to universities and
colleges, teachers are honored and highly respected.
ครู/kruu/ in
Thai is ‘teacher,’ which means heavy in duty or responsibility.
 
During the “Wai Kruu
ceremony
” the children crawled up to the teachers on their
knees, heads down, and presented their teachers with flower tray with candles
and incense. The Students would recite the wai kru chant, which expresses
respect for, and gratitude to the teachers, and asks for the teachers’ blessing
of their studies. 
 

 

The flower trays given to the teachers have three specific flowers in them:
1.
ดอกเข็ม
(
ixora) symbolizing wit.
2.
ดอกมะเขือ
(
eggplant flowers) symbolizing
respect.
3.
หญ้าแพรก
[
yâa prâek] (Burmuda Grass ; Wire Grass ;
Dub Grass)
symbolizing respect perseverance.
 
I had this opportunity to put my hands on each of the student
that brought flowers to me and prayed over their lives. It was a first time experience to
see students crawling on their knees with heads bowed worshiping their
teachers. 

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