To help all our readers understand Thai culture and traditions better, we spend a day in a local Thai school. Getting a first hand experience of a typical school day. In Thailand, school starts really early and some of the students will arrive at school as early as 6 am in morning. Most students will arrive by 7.30 am. School assembly starts at 8 am.
We got involve and participate with their religion practice as the teachers and students hold the daily morning ceremony before the start of classes. We sing the Thailand anthem first and followed by meditating for 10 minutes.
In Thai Culture and Traditions, every Thursday, it’s the day they make merit by offering food, drinks and/or money to the monks. The teachers would wear Thai formal dress or gown (We are mandated to wear black clothes for one year for late King death by the way).
There will be monks coming to school to chant and bless the teachers and students for their merit. After the offering, they teach good deeds and philosophy that lasts for about an hour. After that, the students and teachers will meditate again.
All students get a goodie bag and get their daily calcium dose before they go to their respective classrooms. It is one of the school’s benefits from the government.
We notice most Thai people are very religious as they praise and meditate literally like everyday. So, when you encounter these kinds of ceremony wherever you are in Thailand, just be conscious with your actions like do not make noise and respect their religion and how they practice it.
You can also find these practices in public places as the monks are roaming around the streets in the early morning, receiving offerings and bless the person giving.