The “Thankfulness Candle”

Happy Thanksgiving! Thais obviously do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but gratitude is an important part of many Thai festivals throughout the year.  In fact, every Monday morning the students at our school practice gratitude.

On Mondays,  the students move into the library mid-way through morning assembly, just as they do on every other weekday.  They do their usual morning prayers and wai the Buddha, chants, and meditation.

At this point, the teacher who leads the morning prayers and rituals lights a small flower candle to pass  around the room.2015-11-16 08.44.20

Each student, one at a time,  wais their neighbor on their right to accept the candle.  2015-11-16 08.51.32

The student receives the candle from their right, holds it in both hands, and announces to the room something or someone they are thankful for.  They then pass the candle to their left and wai their neighbor who receives it.

"ขอขอบคุณ....." ("Thank you for.......")
“ขอขอบคุณ…..” (“Thank you for…….”)

After stating what they are thankful for and passing the candle, the students hold hands, close their eyes, and meditate until the candle goes full circle around the room.2015-11-16 08.52.04

I think this is a great way to start off each and every week.

What are you thankful for?


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