Tuesday, 30 June 2009

That's My World Tuesday: Wai Khru

Wai Khru or Teachers' Day, in Thai educational institutions, is a ceremony done to honor teachers. Schools hold the ceremony usually at the beginning of the academic year, and always on a Thursday. In Thai tradition, Thursday is the day of Brihaspati, the Vedic God of wisdom and of teachers. Students present teachers with flower offerings to show their respect and gratitude.

These are some shots from a Wai Khru ceremony last week in one school in Bangkok. A 'non-photographer' took these shots. But here's hoping some cultural snippets managed to come out of them. You can click on the photos to enlarge.

Students waiting for the ceremony to begin

Class representatives offer flowers to the teachers --

and bow. The next batch does the same.

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Sylvia K said...

What a marvelous celebration! As a former teacher, I can really appreciate it!! Terrific shots! Thanks for sharing!

SandyCarlson said...

A lovely, lovely day. Beautiful and inspiring.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Theses are lovely photos and colorful....interesting to read about how you live...thanks for sharing your world with us.

Sandra said...

Interesting story and beautiful shots. Thank you for your visit and greetings from Croatia.

Anya said...

Thats a great ceremony
in your country ;)
Interesting to now!!

Reader Wil said...

Great idea to show respect for the teacher, that's what we are missing here in the Netherlands.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for your comment! I don't think the bike will fall off!!

J said...

Wow, that is an impressive amount of teacher respect! What subject do you teach?

Marju said...

Beautiful photos and video!!