Children’s Day; Thailand
After the horrors of slutty sports day, the next big day for the sprogs turned out to be a huge relief and one of my favourite days in school. Children’s day is one of the best ideas for a national holiday and I wish we celebrated it at home when I was a kid. On children’s day the whole of Thailand engages in what is effectively one enormous kid’s birthday party, no lessons; just party games, party food, party hats and party dresses. Lovely, age-appropriate, party dresses! No hair extensions, false eyelashes or fishnet stockings to be seen, thank Buddha (although today I had a 4-year-old girl in my class wearing inch-long, technicolored, acrylic claws that would have made Lady GaGa herself jealous) . The only exception on children’s day was this girl (5 years old), who did the dance of the seven veils to open the party for some bizarre reason. I’m also not entirely sure why the teaching assistant was dressed in cosplay regalia but I thought having some of the teachers in school uniform was a brilliant touch.
After much singing of songs and dancing the games began; including a caterpillar race which was genius and I have to try out for myself next time I have a shindig. Caterpillar racing consists of having teams squat in lines, holding onto the person in front’s waist and waddling furiously to the finishing line! Brilliant.
After that it was a race to fill your team’s bottle with coloured water using nothing but a tin with holes in the bottom which resulted in me having rainbow feet for the rest of the day.
The morning of fun and general silliness was finished with that marvellous staple of kid’s parties everywhere – jelly (jelo for the Americans) and ice cream. Apparently this is work! One last thought; if you ever need to feel a bit better about yourself (and slightly in danger of your life) walk into a crowd of 600 children with bags of sweets. Instant popularity! Then you start to feel a bit like a Beatle in 1964 and worry about your own structural integrity…