University of Vermont

Asian Studies Outreach Program

Thai Celebration of Lights at Putney

Visiting Scholar Somrit before the paper river at Putney Central School.

Visiting Scholar Somrit provided Putney Central School students and teachers with the opportunity to experience the Thai festival fo lights, or "Loy Krathong" as it is called in Thailand, this past Wednesday. Somrit worked with students and teachers to create a paper river in the school gym for the students to place their krathongs.

Krathong refers to a usually lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. The traditional krathong are made of the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. Putney students made paper krathongs, and were able to bring the krathongs home after the celebration to share with their family.

For more information, view the news article that appeared in the PRIDE update, the newsletter of the Putney Central School.


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