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ACADEMIA NUTS
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Thai Heritage Day at NIS

Thai Culture Night at APIS

Thai Day at CDSC

Thai Heritage Day at NIS

Nopniwat Krailerg
Students and parents in Thai dress participated in Thai Heritage Day, held at Nakorn Payap International School (NIS) on May 4. The event started in the morning at 9.00 a.m. and carried on until 2.00 p.m. The joyful atmosphere was enhanced by the mouth-watering aromas coming from the food that parents, children, and school staff had brought to sell there. This zone was called the “Morning Food Market”, where there were tasty examples of home-made local dishes, desserts, fruits and vegetables.

Children enjoyed the charity lucky stars prize draw.
As well as the food booths, people enjoyed the many shows and traditional plays performed by the students; such as the Traditional Thai Dances and the Victory Drum Show; including many demonstrations, such as cutting Thai traditional festival banners, bamboo weaving, and kite making. The purpose of this delightful occasion was to conserve Thai local culture.
A proportion of the money from the prize draws was donated to the Baan Pornsawan Child Development Center for underprivileged children.

Victory Drum show, a traditional percussion show by students.


Thai Culture Night at APIS

Friday, April 21 saw a full auditorium at the school’s main boarding campus as the American Pacific International School (APIS) community celebrated the culture of Thailand with a khantoke dinner and ‘rot nam dam hua’ ceremony. This was the fifth in a series of cultural celebrations held during the current school year, the others having been American, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. As in previous events, parents contributed to the evening by showing how to make various traditional snacks which were appreciated by all present.

APIS community celebrated the culture of Thailand with ‘rot nam dam hua ceremony’.
Held in the school’s auditorium to avoid showers outside, the event started with a khantoke procession, with Elementary students doing the fingernail dance and High School boys carrying banners, the representative khantoke and the water vessel. This was followed by a traditional Northern Thai dinner around the khantoke, with everyone sitting on the floor to enjoy sticky rice, gaeng hanglae, nam prik noom , kaep moo and the like.
After the meal, students from the Elementary and Middle Schools performed dances and played traditional music on the ranad and the khim, while the younger boarders enjoyed demonstrating traditional games including ‘Re Re Khaosan’ and ‘Ngu Gin Hang’. The audience was also treated to a performance of dance and Sabatchai drum by the Serpsan Poompanya Lanna group.
The climax of the evening was the presentation of gifts of fruit, flowers and fabric to the Headmaster, Mr. Keith Wecker, in the ‘rot nam dam hua’ procession and ceremony, with all sections of the school community participating.


Thai Day at CDSC

Traditional Thai dances performed by all nationalities.

Marcel Strecker
Although Songkran was already some weeks ago, the Christian German School Chiang Mai (CDSC) only celebrated ‘their’ Songkran now, due to Easter holidays coming in between.
The day was organized by the Thai teachers, who also made wonderful decorations inside the school. The main theme of the day was to pay respect and to honour the teachers for all their hard work throughout the year.
The pupils had prepared different kinds of performances and plays. Nearly all children were dressed in traditional Thai clothes and performed beautiful traditional Thai dances on stage.
After the performances, it was time for games and a feast, but the highlight of the day was the “Schlammschlacht” – a real mud fight. Because of the rain, the CDSC’s football field had completely turned into a mud field where they played rugby. It’s a shame that no photos of the match exist but let your imagination wander.



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