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Making Merit

Songkran is the old New Year’s Day for the Thai people and traditionally it is a time for purification – houses are cleaned and Buddha statues washed to prepare for the year to come. It is a time for family visits and for the young to pay their respects to their elders while gently pouring scented water on their hands and asking for their blessings. It is believed that this tradition washes away bad thoughts and actions.

At Samakee every year, the children take part in a variety of meaningful activities to help them develop an understanding and appreciation for different cultures, religions and festivals.

This morning we welcomed nine monks to our school and the children, parents and teachers gathered in the school garden to make merit and give alms to the visiting monks. The large quantity of food parcels so kindly provided by parents, children and teachers will be shared between a nearby orphanage and needy families in the countryside and will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your generosity and for taking part today; we wish everyone a very Happy Songkran Holiday!



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