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2017 雪巴育幼院七月月報

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這個月孩子們的學校仍如常開課。七月舉行期初考試,孩子們在七月初考試,並於七月三十日獲得考試成績。雖然跳級兩個年級,所有的孩子們都以良好的成績通過了期初考試。

 

此外,我們還有一位來自台灣的女志工Ariel。她被當地志工組織分發到雪巴育幼院服務。她將在這裡停留六週,直到八月中旬。她已經跟所有的院童們很熟了,她教他們英語,幫助他們做家庭作業,並在飯前和飯後照顧他們。

 

Nag-Panchami (蛇節)
這個節日通常在七月或者八月,今年是在七月二十七日星期四。這個神聖的節日在尼泊爾與印度都有慶祝。

Nag-Panchami是蛇的節日。在節日時,Nagas(納迦/眼鏡蛇)被當作特殊的蛇來崇拜,這些蛇在佛教和印度教的神話當中都有特殊的角色。關於蛇節及其慶祝活動有各種神祕的信仰,傳統上,在蛇節期間,印度婦女向納迦供奉牛奶、糖果和鮮花,希望她們的禱告能夠順利成真。

 

Mahabharata 這本印度教的書上說,克里希納王征服納了加卡利亞,八個最強大的納迦之一,並在Shrawan Panchami這天(無月之日後的第五天)結束了牠的邪惡行為,人們相信這就是開始慶祝蛇節的原因。

加德滿都谷地曾經是一個大湖。 當人類排乾湖水使其適宜人們居住時,納迦非常生氣。 為了保護自己以免遭受納迦的怒氣,人們提供某些地區給納迦,作為朝聖的目的地,並承諾在當天供奉牠們,讓自然回歸和諧,一直持續到今日。蛇節是尼泊爾的官方節日之一,這天不用上學。

 

Dukpa Chheshi Event

這是佛教人士的重要活動,世界各地的信徒通常在七月慶祝,今年是在七月二十七日舉行。就在這天,經過六年的冥想之後,佛陀受到啟示,向他的五個學生們進行他的第一次教學。這一天是尼泊爾的佛教徒的大事之一。人們前往佛教寺廟和修道院聆聽大師的教導。

此外,人們圍繞著舍利塔,點燃油燈,在寺廟裡奉香、膳食和隨喜奉獻。

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REPORT OF SHERPA CHILDREN HOME

July 2017

The school of children was opened regularly in this month too. July is the first term examination month for children. They gave exam in the beginning of this month and got the result of their exam on 29th July 30, 2017. Although they jumped the double grade all the children passed their examination with good marks. 

In addition now we have a lady volunteer from Taiwan. She came here from a local volunteer organization. She will stay here for 6 weeks till half of the August 2017. She is already familiar with all of the SCH children. She is teaching them English, helping with their homework and caring them before and after the meals.

 

Nag Panchami

This festival was held on the date of Thursday July 27 for this year. The festival usually falls in either July or August. The holy festival is celebrated across Nepal as well as in India.

Nag-Panchami is the day of snakes. Nagas are worshiped as special snakes on this day. Those snakes have special roles in Buddhist and Hindu Mythologies.

There are various mythological beliefs about Nag-panchami and its celebration. 

Traditionally, during Nag-Panchami, Hindu women offer milk, sweets and flowers to snakes in the hope that the Naga will look upon their prayers favorably.

Mahabharata a Hindhu book tells that Lord Krishna conquered Naga Kalia one of the eight powerful Nagas and put an end to his evil deeds on the day of Shrawan Panchami (fifth day after no moon day). People believe that is the reason why people started celebrating this panchami as Nag Panchami.

 

Kathmandu valley used to be a big lake. Nagas became very angry when human drained the lake to make it livable. To protect themselves against the anger of Nagas, people gave nagas certain areas as pilgrimage destinations, and promise to worship them on the day, returning harmony in nature. That is continued till date.

This day is also one of the official holidays in Nepal and there is no school.

 

Dukpa Chheshi Event

This is an important Event of Buddhist People from all over the world which is usually celebrated in July. This month it was held on the date of 27th July. This is the day; Buddha taught his first teaching to his five pupils after he got enlightenment doing 6 years of meditation. The day is one of the biggest events of Nepalese Buddhist communities. People visit Buddhist temples, monasteries and audience with their masters for the teachings. Beside this people circumambulate the Stupas, light the butter lamp, offer incense, meals and donation in monasteries. 



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