So recently my school celebrated Wai Khru Day. For those who don’t know, this is a day dedicated solely to paying respect to teachers! The day before all of the students get together to make absolutely gorgeous flower arrangements. They were comprised of flowers, leaves, sculptures, and even carved fruit! (Pictures are below) With the talent that all of these kids had, any one of them could make a killing as a florist back home – though as their teacher I certainly hope that they will strive for more than that.
The flower arrangements were judged based on beauty and creativity, so there were many winners and many amazing arrangements. On the actual Wai Khru Day those arrangements were presented to the teachers while the students knelt and did the wai for the teachers. Wai is the action that most Thai people do when they first meet someone – the hands are brought together in front of the face and they bow their head. The deeper the bow means the greater respect.
Throughout the rest of the day students were giving me small bracelets made up of flowers. I watched as groups of students would go to a teacher’s desk and kneel, wai-ing, and listening to any words of wisdom they had to share with them. It was truly touching and I genuinely believe that it is a tradition that needs to take place everywhere. Quick shout out to all teachers everywhere – You’re amazing!