On Monday, 14 November 2016, RIS Swiss Section - Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok celebrated Loy Krathong, one of the most important and beautiful festivals of Thailand. It is an event when the people of Thailand pay respect to the goddess of water by floating Krathongs on any and all waterways around the kingdom. The sight of thousands of Krathongs (floating banana leaf vessels) is a really magical sight, and there are many places in Bangkok and all over Thailand where you can get involved with the festivities.
So every year RIS Swiss Section invites the school community to a special assembly to celebrate Loy Krathong. However this year, Thailand is in a mourning period following the passing away of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, so the Loy Krathong program was altered. Students, parents, teachers, administration staff, and other guests were greeted with welcoming words from Principal Simon Dörig. Afterwards, students of grades 7 and 8 presented the history and customs of Loy Krathong, and explained the meaning of this festival for Thai people.
Later all students joined the activities in mixed age groups and practiced how to make and decorate the Krathong. At noon all students proudly presented their Krathongs to the guests in the inner school yard.
Thanks to our Thai Language and Culture Department for organising this event.