National Teacher’s day (วันครู Wan Kruu) Thailan
Teachers’ Day in Thailand
Many countries have a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and Thailand is no exception.Teachers’ Day in Thailand has been celebrated annually on January 16 since 1957.
This day was chosen to commemorate the enactment of the Teachers Act which was published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on January 16, 1945. The act came into force two months after it had been published. The first Teachers’ Day in Thailand was celebrated in 1957 being established by a resolution of the Royal Thai Government on November 21, 1956.
Teachers’ Day is usually a non-working day for teachers. The majority of schools in Thailand are closed for a day so that teachers can have a break. International schools normally do not close, although they may hold celebrations to honor their teaching stuff. Official or public commemorations are not typical for Teachers’ Day, it is a rather quiet holiday.
Teacher’s day (วันครู Wan Kruu) is the day that teachers gather together to remember their first teachers.
Thai people 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'(worship teacher) ceremony to worship or respect the teacher.
The highlights of the day include religious activities, a ceremony of paying respect to teachers and activities to strengthen unity among teachers.
Every year on this day, the Prime Minister or an important poet will establish the motto for teachers. The Prime Minister has given a motto for 2018 National Teachers’ Day, which is ‘Good students are successful because teachers have faith.’