Sound of religious instruments echoed, staffs and students ran to and fro. It was Annual School Rimdro.
Auspicious day, 20th May 2012 is marked to have good Zakar for conducting ritual. Staff and students got early in the school for preparation. Lopen Wangchuk and Mr Singye Tshering went up at Damphu for the reception of Lamas and to obtain needful items. Mr Kuenga Dendup woke up early at 5:00 AM and prepared porridge for Lamas. Mr Kinzang Dorji, then was the caterer busy gathering plates, mugs, cups and other needful utensils. Lopen Yonten Norbu, the coordinator arranged Choezham, prepared breakfast and Phebja. Mr. Rudraman, the cook for students drowsily came and started to instruct other cooks about the menu for lunch. Mr. Kunzang Thinley, sound system in-charge fixed the microphones and loudspeakers. I was the last person and found no work. I moved hither and thither to see anything I could do.
“Singye sir’s car” Someone yelled. Principal, Lop Yonten and I, rushed to queue for the reception, and then ushered them to the Choezham. As soon as Lama sited on the Zhugthri, they were served with Phebja. Thence commenced Marchang ceremony followed by the Lhabtsang. They continued recitation and chanting of prayers. Choezhampa yelled, is time for Suja Dreitsi. Served yellowed rice mixed with sweet species and salted butter tea. No time to rest, Lama and Gelongs had begun clattering cymbals, blowing horns, beating drum. Another pin drop silent called, was now time for breakfast.
Lopen Yonten and Kunzung Thinley were supported by the Lop Aum Sonam Choden and Phuntsho Wangmo in preparing meals for Lamas and invited guests. Everything was placed on time. No hustle and bustle has had happened. Entire work worked cutely and perfectly. Two Aums really did posses the innate talents of kitchen chores.
Altruistic villagers did join the school with lots of Tshog items and offered Nyendar in the altar. Perhaps it’s to sweep all negative karmas accumulated in the past, at present and to gain good merits for the rest part of the life. They did receive the blessings and religious instructions from Lama which eventually be guiding principles to empower successful life ahead. A flock of villagers were of course served with simple lunch as a gesture of appreciation for their valuable presence besides their entire compact schedule.
Around 2:00 PM lunch was finished then, followed by prostrations, anointment and Wang Shayt. A flock of peoples were once again in coz’ is time to evict effigies out from the altar. This indicates the close of Rimdro. Lamas and Gelongs chanted concluding prayer; Tashi and offered Gyabcha. Not much delay, they were served dinner and seen off in Kharu’s vehicle.
The entire day had been bright and beautiful as if the Ugyen Guru Rinpoche had descended in our school to perform powerful ritual to cleanse all bad omens and negative karmas of the learners and educators.
Chaotic and hectic day winded at last. Everyone was relaxed and breathe long. From every faces radiated rays of quenching joyous and satiated satisfaction.