On Friday we had a ceremony in the morning to celebrate Sunthorn Phu Day. Sunthorn Phu is considered one of Thailand’s greatest poets. I wrote a more in depth post on this day and about this man in a blog 2 years ago and can read that by clicking here if you want to know more about the man.
On this day the Thai teachers are encouraged to wear their best Thai dress and this means expensive Thai silk outfits. Here are a few of the teachers who looked dazzling.
All was nearly ready to start the ceremony and pay respect and remember Sunthorn Phu.
Our school Director, Brother Sakda took to the base of our flagpole to pay his respect to the dead poet.
Brother Sakda placed a flower garland at the base of the remembrance shrine that had been set up.
Brother then read out a short speech to the poet. What it exactly said, I have no idea.
Then a few of the Thai teachers said a few brief words.
Then a young and brave student, who had been luckily chosen from the few thousand, read one of Sunthorn Phu’s poems.
And this is a picture of Sunthorn Phu. It is of his statue that is situated Ban Kram, the supposed birthplace of his father, in Klaeng District. Or this is close to Rayong.
The Thai teachers then paid their respects by offering a Thai Wai and flower garland.
Here is one of the Thai teachers, in a respectful bow just before placing her flower garland on the shrine.
And here another teacher is paying her respect to Sunthorn Phu.
So that was just some of the excitement for my Friday morning before starting my hard day of work.