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It’s Teacher’s Day!

Illustration of a student kneeling before his teacher and presenting her with a bunch of flowers on Wai Kru Day
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

We celebrate Teacher’s Day in September, but across the world, teachers are honoured and allowed to have a fun day at different times of the year. We know it’s no mean feat being a teacher, and not being to escape the endless cycle of notes, lectures and tests. Here are a few interesting traditions and events to delight teachers — maybe they will inspire you with a game plan for Teacher’s Day this time!

I bow before thee…

Teachers are highly respected in Thailand and students convey their gratitude to their teachers in special ways. Celebrated as Wai Kru Day, this is the time when students humbly offer bundles of Bermuda grass, eggplant flowers and popped rice to teachers along with chants. It is an honour to be a teacher in Thailand given the level of respect and devotion bestowed upon them. Best of all, in some schools, students dress in traditional costumes when they offer their respects, making it unforgettable for teachers.

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Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.

Rama Ramesh

Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.