A one day Darla school Rimdro was conducted in Darla MPH on 17th March. The Rimdro, religiously named as Tshogkhor; wish fulfilling and well being, was organized by Darla School.
The one day ritual was presided over by His Lam Naten of Chukha Dzongkhag.
During the ceremony, various rituals such as lighting of butterlamp, Tshogkhor(Wish fulfilling ritual), purification ritual, Tormas, and others were conducted.
Buddhists are nature-worshippers and believe in divinity, the soul and the primordial energy form. Jingsey is one such ritual, which will appease harmful evils and placate death spirits and strengthen life. We perform rituals by offering nine grains like rice, millet, wheat, maize, mustered, etc, flowers, fruits and holy water to their deities.
The celebration was very simple, nature friendly as meat and alcohol items were not served. Students and public were served butter tea, sugar tea, biscuit, and pure vegetable meals on the day.
Hundreds of devotees from Darla and nearby vicinities offer prayers at the annual Rimdro.
The Rimdro was performed for the peace and well-being of the Darla family, the community, the King, the country and the people.
The Rimdro was a successful one, and it was due to the worthy efforts and cooperation rendered by all the individual teachers, principals, students and the community. It wouldn’t have been a lavish Rimdo if it was not a goodwill support from the students’ parents. We have a practice of collecting nu.100/- from each student to conduct this rimdro. On the other hand, many parents and teachers credibly brought both cash and kind. Many parents contributed firewood, sacks of rice bags, oil bottles, vegetables, juices, dals, etc to name a few.
“Rituals such as this have multiple functions in the family and in the culture,” says one of the school Lopens. “It is an effective agent in promoting family health and well-being. Not only that, rituals facilitate the transmission of values and beliefs. Rituals provide support and containment for strong emotions. Facilitation of coordination between individuals, families and communities,” he added.
Rituals are important and useful ways of assisting individuals and families in dealing with transitions and losses, bringing about healing and transmitting values from generation to generation. The effective use of rituals is one avenue of strengthening families and creating an environment where personal well-being is enhanced.
Lunch was served to students and the public.
Songs and dances were also performed by students to refresh and entertain themselves.
The ritual is being held annually.
Some photographs of the Rimdro: