Teacher’s Day was firstly held on January 16, 1957 and has been held
nationwide since then. Linguistically speaking, ‘wan’ means day, and
the word ‘kru’ was adopted from a Pali word ka-ru which means ‘hard
or stress.’ Kru, therefore, depicts a highly sacrificing and
hard-working career. Compared to English, kru can plausibly be
translated as teacher, the one who relatively works hard in both
teaching and making students disciplined as well as socially
acceptable. The events on Thai Teacher’s Day include a ceremony of
paying respect to teacher by chanting a Pali prayer, and activities
to strengthen unity among teachers. Religious rites also take part
in the Wan Kru celebration such as making food offering to monks and
pouring water as a sign of dedication of merit to the departed
Thais believe that any field of work will have a teacher such as
actors, dramatist, magician, astrologist and even boxers. Therefore,
we need to have a Wai Kru ceremony to worship or respect the
teacher. In Thailand they prepare offerings to the Buddha at the
Preparing Wai Kru
Ceremony in Thailand:
Preparing location and clean the ceremony location.
Buddha Statue, teacher head, God and Lersi on the Buddha altar.
Buddhist monks to chant a mantra in the evening first. In the
morning ceremony day, invite 9 Buddhist monks to chant mantra
offerings such as flower, candle and incenses into 3 sets.
4.1 prepare cooked food for MaHaThep, God and angel.
4.2 prepare cooked food for Lersi also.
4.3 prepare uncooked food for Phra Pirap.