MAKWANPUR: TAMANG COMMUNITY
My travel to the Tamang community involved a 12-hour journey (approx. 180 km) to the hilly region of Makwanpur District to participate in a ceremony that involved the commissioning of a secondary school with a student population of 600 children. The opening marked the first school in the area to extend to a secondary level of education.
The master of ceremonies welcomed all of the community members and visitors, approximately 700 people to the ceremony. The event began with a tree planting ceremony, which marked the opening of the new secondary school ). The second part of the ceremony was rituals performed by a Buddhist monk. This included the raising of the Buddhist flag where community leaders recited mantras to bless the new school and create a peaceful learning environment for the students. Rice and coins were used during the planting of the Buddhist flag; rice symbolized nourishment and coins symbolized prosperity in education.