REPORT OF SHERPA CHILDREN HOME
The school of children was opened regularly in this month too. After the first term examination the children are studying well again targeting to the next term. The school holds four terminal examinations within a year. The next term exam is going to start from 11th of September. So now children in SCH have very tight schedule. There is no volunteer for teaching or helping them with their homework. So, I am helping them for their homework and studies. Recently the children are busy with their following schedule.
|5 TO 6||WAKE UP AND FRESH UP/GO TO SPORT CLASS||5 CHILDREN GO TO SPORT|
|6 TO 7||CLEAN AND BREAKFAST|
|7 TO 8:30||MEMORIZING WORD-MINING|
|8:30 TO 9:30||LUNCH|
|9:30||GO TO SCHOOL|
|10:45 TO 16||SCHOOL||THEY ALL ARE IN SCHOOL|
|16||WELCOME TO HOME AND CHANGE DRESS|
|16:30||TEA AND SIMPLE SNACK|
|17 TO 19||HOME-WORK|
|20 TO 22||SELP STUDIES/DISCUSSION/SHARINGTHOUGHTS|
|22||GO TO BED|
In addition I am teaching and taking their text in very Friday morning. I give them 10 meaning of words from their textbooks every day and ask them to memorize them. I am doing this for the purpose of making their better English and Nepali language. Since they are from a separate Sherpa area they even don’t understand Nepali language properly. This is why it’s important for them to learn both Nepali and English language for understanding the textbooks clearly in school.
Gai Jatra (Cow Festival)
This festival was held on the date of on 8th August for this year. The festival usually falls in August. The festival is mainly celebrated in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts of Nepal organizing dance, drama and different satire related programmes.
The Local residents of Kathmandu Valley are celebrating the traditional festival of Gai Jatra, also known as cow festival, in memory of the demised members of their families.
In the festival, family members of people who had died in the past one year take out a rally dressed in the attire of a cow, wearing strange costumes with peculiar appearance to remember the deceased.
The bereaved families offer fruits, bread, beaten rice, curd and money to those participating in the procession including the cows. The festival is celebrated mainly by the Newar community who mainly live in Kathmandu valley and Tharu community who live in the plain area of Nepal bordering with India.
As the saying goes, the festival derives its name from the religious belief that the deceased, during their journey to heaven, crosses a legendary river by grabbing the tail of a cow.
People throng in and around different parts of the Kathmandu Valley to mark the festival.
The then King of the Malla dynasty, namely Pratap Malla started the festival to show the pain of demise of the one nearest and dearest when wife of King Pratap Malla lamented over the death of her son.
He wanted to show the pain of others to his queen then he made the arrangements of showing such grief fair to share the pain.
Newspapers and magazines also bring out special humour and satire supplements to mark the occasion.
The day is a public holiday in Kathmandu Valley. Apart from Kathmandu Valley, the festival is also observed in some cities such as Dhulikhel, Charikot, Biratnagar, and Pokhara.