In Thailand most schools in the beginning of school year celebrate “Wai Khru,” a Thai ritual in which students pay respects to their teachers in order to express their gratitude and formalize the student–teacher relationship. As a sign of respect, students offer flowers, candles and joss sticks.
But one student in Ayutthaya offered his appreciation to his teachers differently by showing cold, hard cash of THB1 million.
His name is Chaiwat Kaewthong, a 19-year-old student of Ayutthaya Technology College.
|A serious Chaiwat (right) and a funny friend (left) – sorry, wrong adjective used, but definitely the same people 🙂|
Before he laid out the 1 million baht and piled bundles of cash to honor his teachers, the school principal had to call security guards.
According to Chaiwat, he wasn’t trying to show off how much money he has. In fact, it belongs to his grandmother who allowed him to get the cash from her safe. “Take good care of the money,” said his grandmother to him.
The school’s principal Arthit Chukittikul, was glad the students know how important the ceremony is for the teachers and how much students value their mentors, however, he worries that bringing a lot of money isn’t safe.
The money was only used as a ritual display – or – whatever! Because after the ceremony, young Chaiwat stuffed the million baht cash back to his backpack and off he went, perhaps to return the money to his granny.
Source: MCOT, Coconuts Bangkok