Whether or not we and our kids in class are Thai, we can certainly enjoy Loy Krathong. the Thai Festival of Lights. If you’re a teacher, introduce the holiday to your students, prepare Thai music, clear the clas room so you have enough space to celebrate, and away we go.
1) Make a KRATHONG. With any available craft supplies (or, if there are none, pure imagination), have each student craft a krathong that is chock full of the year’s memories. Write memories on scraps of paper . . . bring in photos from the year’s adventures . . . pick objects to symbolize events or happenings . . . . Place the objects into some sort of vessel that could conceivably float down a river.
2) Time to LOY (float) your KRATHONGs. Clear a space in the center of the room that could simulate a river. Place a scarf or piece of fabric “in the river.”Each student will put a krathong on the scarf and either s/he or you will pull it gently down the river, wiping last year’s memories away.
3) Look forward to a brand new day.