Songkran marks the Thai new year where people return to their families to spend time together and celebrate. This festival is famous for the nationwide water fight that spans over two days which attracts tourists from all over the world. On the more traditional side, children show gratitude to their parents and elders by washing their feet and hands, hence why water is so significant in the festival.
With traditional Thai music playing, students lined up outside the centennial centre on Thursday 11 April to purchase famous Thai snacks such as curry puffs, prawn toast and traditional chicken satays. On top of that, many students, braving the pungent odour, discovered a newfound appreciation for durian at our durian sampling booth.
We chose to celebrate this festival because King's has had a considerable Thai community for many years but hasn’t had the chance to share this important part of their culture until now.
It has been a wonderful first term for the KC Asia Committee and we would like to thank everybody for their support thus far. It was great to see the school getting together to celebrate this special time of the year. We would like to thank the Vongsakulkasem family in particular for their help and support in making this event possible.
We hope to see you all at future events embracing the different cultures King’s has in its community.
Dimithri Gallage (Year 12, Peart)