2018 ACEP Sunthorn Phu Day Celebrations
Tuesday June 26, 2018
This morning, Assumption College English Program students and faculty sat in the courtyard of the Ave Maria building for a commemorative Sunthorn Phu ceremony.
Phra Sunthonwohan, known as Sunthorn Phu, is Thailand’s best-known royal poet. Phu was renowned for composing verse and his poetry is taught to scholars all across Thailand. His works include Nirat Phukhao Thong, Nirat Suphan, and the Phra Aphai Mani saga; a fantastic adventure most nearly compared to Homer’s, The Odyssey.
During the ceremony, student representatives read tributes about Sunthorn Phu in Thai and English.
There were also two performances. The first was a Thai dance by students in Years 1 & 2. The dance was accompanied by our very own ACEP chrous; lead by the gorgeous voice of Ms. Suphateera and backed by a series of percussion instruments.
After the dance, Years 4 – 8 students and teachers presented a part of the epic poem, Khun Chang Khun Phaen. Khun Chang Khun Phaen is a long Thai epic poem which originated from a legend of Thai folklore and is one of the most notable works in Thai literature. The work’s entire length is over 20,000 couplets.
Ceremonies like these are vital towards the Assumption College English Program vision, to encourage students to reach their highest academic, moral and social potential in a multicultural environment. Special thank you to all of the students and teachers who worked together to prepare today’s important cultural activity!
Photo by Rachapol Suriyaprapadilok Y.12/1 ID 48
Photo by Nutcha Chantrasakaowong Y.11/2 ID 76
Photo by Nutthamon Jittipunyakul Y.10/1 ID 114
Photo by ACEP