Wai Kru Day Reading Comprehension

A sweet smell fills the air as I walk through the canteen. Students busily gluing and arranging flowers with a gentle buzz of anticipation. Soon it will be Wai Kru Day so English Teacher Online invites you to enjoy this Wai Kru Day reading comprehension.

In the Thai language, “wai” means to bow and “kru” means teacher. So on a Thursday in June each year, Thai students celebrate Wai Kru day. They show their gratitude and respect by bowing to their teachers in this famous old Thai festival.

Flowers of Wai Kru Day

Four different flowers are used when making the ‘Paan Wai Kru’ a traditional tray with pedestal. Each flower has special symbolic meaning consistent with learning, knowledge and wisdom.

Ixora (called khem in Thai) are flowers which have pointed buds while closed, and is the symbol for sharp wit and common sense.

Bermuda grass (called ya phreak) is a resilient plant that grows quickly. It symbolizes perseverance and the ability to learn.

Popped rice (khao tok) is the foundation flower that covers most of the ‘Paan Wai Kru.’ It is the symbol for discipline.

Eggplant flowers are also used as their heavy fruit bow low to symbolize respect and humility.

Wai Kru Day Ceremony

For generations, Thai students have combined these flowers to make the most beautiful tributes in honour of their beloved teachers.

Class by class (starting with the eldest) the students walk onto the stage on their knees with their heads bowed down until they reach their teachers who are sitting on chairs. The students then bow to their teacher and offer them their flowery bouquets wrapped with incense and candles.

Each teacher receives the flowers and touches the student’s shoulder while offering advice or encouragement. After the ceremony, the teachers take their bouquets to decorate all the staffrooms, offices and classrooms in the school.

Everywhere smells amazing on Wai Kru Day but the best part is, we get the morning off class!

Wai Kru Day Reading Comprehension

Read the questions and answer using full sentences.

1. When is Wai Kru Day celebrated each year?

2. Why is Bermuda grass used and what does it symbolize?

3. Why are eggplant flowers used?

4. What are the bouquets wrapped with?

5. What happens to the flowers after the ceremony?

What’s your favourite part of Wai Kru Day? Please share your best answers in the comment section.

Songkran Reading Comprehension

Songkran is the name for Thai New Year and it’s celebrated between the 13th and 15th of April each year. English Teacher Online is proud to present our Songkran Reading Comprehension to help you build vocabulary and talk about this fun Thai water festival.

Directions: Read the story, “Ploy’s Songkran,” and answer the questions below.

Ploy’s Songkran (by Teacher Steve)

“Bang, bang, bang!” I woke to the sound of firecrackers, driving away the evils spirits in our village.

Full of excitement, I took a quick shower and put on my most flowery shirt, ran downstairs and said good morning to all the family. A pot of hot rice porridge was bubbling away on the gas fire in the kitchen so I quickly grabbed myself a bowl.

“Happy New Year,” everyone exclaimed. The kitchen was buzzing with anticipation.

After breakfast, we got in the car and Dad drove us to the temple. I filled a small silver bowl with scented water and carefully poured it over the Buddha statue’s hand and legs.

Grandma and Mum headed into the temple with home cooked food they had brought in ornate food containers. Mum placed them down in front of the monks and everyone put their hands together. I closed my eyes as the monks started chanting and I felt myself fall into some kind of deep trance.

Suddenly, I felt water splashing over my head and I realized that a monk was blessing me with lucky water. That’s when I remembered it was Songkran, nearly time for the biggest water party of the year!

When we got home we all rushed off to filled up our water guns.

Reading Comprehension
  1. What sound woke Ploy up?
  2. What shirt did she wear?
  3. What did Ploy eat for breakfast?
  4. What did she do with the small silver bowl?
  5. What broke her trance in the temple?
  6. What did you do this Songkran holiday?

Please write your answers in the comment section or send them to Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org

 

Loy Krathong Reading Comprehension

It’s November full moon so English Teacher Online presents our Loy Krathong Reading Comprehension and Song Lyrics in English – to help you understand and talk about this beautiful Thai festival.

Loy Krathong Song Lyrics

November full moon shines
Loy Krathong, Loy Krathong
And the water’s high, in local river and the klong
Loy Loy Krathong, Loy Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong is here and everybody’s full of cheer
We’re together at the klong
Each one with his krathong
As we push away we pray
We can see a better day

Loy Krathong Reading Text (written by T.Steve)

Once upon a time there was a young brother and sister named Putter and Bam.

“My favourite holiday is Loy Krathong”, said Putter one November day as they sat making their krathongs.

“It’s the best. I am so excited”, Bam replied, “Please pass the banana leaves Putter, I need to cover this stem completely.”

They covered the banana stem with banana leaves; cut some more leaves into small triangle shapes and fixed them around the edge of the stem. In the middle of the Krathong they placed a flower, a candle, some incense and a small piece of their hair. They also put a 10 Baht coin in the krathong too.

“Hurry up Bam,” cried mum, “We’re ready to go.”

Putter and Bam got in the car and they all drove to a local temple next to the river.

“Be careful with your krathongs”, said mum, “You’ve both done such a great job, you don’t want to break them now.”

Bam and Putter carefully carried their krathongs through the temple grounds. There was an amazing smell of incense in the air and everyone was carrying beautiful krathongs.

“Don’t fall in you two”, laughed dad as Bam and Putter knelt by the side of the river and slowly lowered their krathongs into the water. As they pushed the krathongs downstream, they both said a little prayer, “We are so lucky to have this river.”

 

Loy Krathong Reading Comprehension

Q1. When is Loy Krathong celebrated each year?

Q2. How did the children make their Krathongs?

Q3. Where did they go to release their Krathongs?

Q4. What did the children say as they released their Krathongs?

Please write your answers in the comment section and I will mark them all personally.