Thai Heritage Day at NIS
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.
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
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.
community celebrated the culture of Thailand with ‘rot nam dam hua
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
Thai Day at CDSC
Traditional Thai dances
performed by all nationalities.
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.