Loy Krathong was a toned down affair this year, and students still celebrated the Thai holiday by dressing in traditional clothes. Due to COVID restrictions they were unable to float their krathongs on the pond, but they still enjoyed learning how to make krathongs out of paper, plasticine and banana leaves. In lessons, they also learned about the meaning of the holiday and its importance in Thai culture. Loy Krathong, which means to float a basket, is held on the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai lunar calendar.
Each year, people in Thailand craft krathongs out of banana leaves and flowers, place a piece of hair and fingernail with a one baht coin and float it on a body of water. This symbolises letting go of past anger and transgressions. While students didn’t get a chance to float their krathongs, they did learn about Thai customs, such as letting go of negative thoughts when floating the krathongs.