Every year a Wai Kru ceremony is held at GES, during which students pay respect to their teachers. Wai means to bow and involves bringing your hands together as if in prayer. Kru is teacher 🙂 Thai culture esteems educators very highly, and this traditional ceremony is an opportunity for students to show their gratitude and to also formalize their relationships with their teachers at the beginning of the school year. Kind of like starting things on the right foot, if you will.
Much of the ceremony is steeped in symbolism. Students often present floral arrangements with specific things — the eggplant flower stands for respect because the tree in bloom has bending branches much like how a student wais a teacher, the bermuda grass stands for patience and growth, popped rice represents discipline since the rice must be heated up to pop and then there is dok kem which has the same name as the Thai word for needle, implying that the student will be sharp-witted.
Dan’s homeroom kids definitely went an untraditional route and gave their teachers floral leis, which are usually given to singers and performers. That definitely got a laugh out of the director of our school and had the emcee jokingly giving the kids a hard time. Though it is a serious time, the Wai Kru ceremony at GES is more infused with warmth than formality in hopes of that being a reflection of the kind of nurturing student-teacher relationships the school wishes to establish.
These were pictures taken by the 2nd shooter at the event. And my helping with the marketing for GES gives me quite the access to school events and picture 🙂 Plus, Louis was being extra alert (too good to nap) that day so I got to take Instagram shots for all the ceremonies and make social media updates throughout the day for work. And now, here is the obligatory picture of the little mister watching on as his daddy was on stage…we are obviously thrilled to be there haha