Loy Krathong Ceremony / Krathong Workshops 2017
On Friday, 3 November 2017, 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. Students, parents, teachers, administration staff, as well as our special guests Ms. Judith Schildberger, First Secretary, and Ms. Stephanie Jakobitsch, Head of Administrative Affairs, of the Austrian Embassy were greeted with welcoming words from Principal Simon Dörig. Afterwards, students of grade 8 presented the history and customs of Loy Krathong, and explained the meaning of this festival for Thai people. Then students, parents and teachers performed various colorful Thai cultural presentations, explained the meaning of this festival for the Thai people and performed for their guests traditional interpretations of Loy Krathong dances and songs. 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.