สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์ - Happy Songkran!
April 1st was a very special day at St. Andrews Green Valley. In celebration of the upcoming Songkran festival, all students wore their most beautiful Songkran shirt to school and got to participate in a variety of Thai Cultural activities and games during the school day.
This year’s Songkran celebration was all about Thai Cultural activities.The teachers came up with a range of things to do, such as Kite making, making your own soap from scratch, Paper weaving, Fan and umbrella painting, drawing Thai Motifs using tracing paper, such as those seen on the doors of Thai temples, and making Mung Bean flour and coconut dessert.
In the morning, secondary students guided the children from the primary school. The Theme of the day, “Nam Jai” น้ำใจ (meaning Water from the heart), was used for activities to replace the usual water play that is symbolic of normal Songkran celebrations. The secondary students were able to sign up for the activities in the afternoon classes. It was so lovely to see how many teachers, students and staff made this day into a success. There were many smiling faces.
Songkran is the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year and it is a very important event on the Buddhist calendar. It’s a national cultural celebration that is deeply embedded in the Thai culture. Usually, most of the activities at Songkran involve the use of water. This is because in the Thai culture it’s believed water symbolises the washing away of bad luck and bringing good luck. This is demonstrated by pouring water on someone’s hands for blessing.
In Thai culture, before Songkran, we clean up the Buddha images for blessing and take the opportunity to spring clean the house to welcome family and friends on the family day. In addition, Thais make something new to offer to friends and family during Songkran.