Our three years Acupuncture courses are divided into three branches. The first year is about science the next two year we have to study about TCM means ancient traditional Chinese medicine. In the first year, we all struggle to study the course of science. We had done so many theory classes and practical classes in chemistry, botany, zoology, physics, mathematics and basic computer as well.
Now I want to write about our examination; There were three exams, the first term, second term and third term exam for that we tried our best to get good results and finally there was a final examination (CTEVT examination) it has started from August-4-2017 for 10 days in that time we tried again to get good result. Then we have to wait for a couple of months to know the results of the first year. In that time our big festival called Dashain and Tihar occurred and we had a vacation for a month from college. In that vacation I spent a good time with my family and relatives as well, I would like to write the little bit about Dashain and Tihar.
Dashain- during the month of Kartik(late September and early October) the Nepalese people indulge in the biggest festival of the year Dashain, Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival. The 15 days of celebration occur during the bright lunar fortnight ending of the day full moon throughout the kingdom of Nepal the Goddess Durga in all her manifestations are worshiped with innumerable pujas ,and thousands of animals like goat, buffalo's, chicken, pork sacrifices for the ritual holy bathing thus dancing the Goddess for days in blood. Dashain commemorates a great victory of the Gods over the demons. The first nine days signify the nine days of ferrous battle between Goddess Durga and the demon Maisasur. The tenth the day when Maisasur was slain and the last five days symbolize the celebration of the victory with the blessing of the Goddess. In preparation for Dashain, every home is cleansed and beautifully decorated, painted as an invitation to the mother Goddess so that she may visit and bless the house with good fortune. During this time the market is filled with shoppers seeking new clothing, gift, luxuries and enormous supplies of temple offering for the God. All type of organisms will be closed for ten to fifteen days. The first nine days are called Navaratri at that time they worshiped the Durga (God) known as Devi in many forms. the first day is called Ghatasthapana(holy water vessel) symbolizing Goddess Durga with her image embossed on the side is placed in the prayer room combining with san soil, seven different types of grains and kalash. All the people worshiped the Kalash twice a day morning and evening, day by day the grains sprinkled with holy water and it is shielded from direct sunlight. By the tenth day the seed will have grown to five or six inches long yellow grass called Jamara and by the tenth days it will bestow from the elder a top of a head during last five days when Tika is put on. The Jamara is taken as a token of Goddess Durga as well as the elder blessing. The eight-day is called maha asthami the favor of worship and sacrifice to Durga and Kali. The ninth day is called Nawami, the temple of Durga filled with people for worship. The tenth day is Dashai, on this day we take tika from elders receiving their blessing, we visit our elders in their home and get tika jamara from them while our relatives come to our home to receive the blessing from the head of our family. The important of Dashain also lies in the fact that on this day family members from far off and distant relatives come for visit as well as to receive tika from the head of the family, this function continues for four days of rushing around and meeting relatives. Dashain ends on the full moon day.
Tihar:-Tihar festival is the second biggest festival in Nepal it is celebrated for five days. It is considered to be a great important as it shows reverence to not just the human and the Gods but also to the animals like crows, cows, and dogs that intimate relationship with a human. The first day of Tihar is to worship the crows (the messenger of death). People often sprinkle rice on the ground for crows pecking. The second day of Tihar is to honor dog (the guardian of the God of death). The third day is to welcome the Goddess Laxmi. The fourth day is to thanks, crows and the fifth day is called Vai Tika on this day brother and sister will gather together and accept Tihar quotes on their forehead, after placing the multi-colored Tika and splendid garlands to the brother and the brother would follow the same ritual to put Tika on their sister and gave them some money as we can give in return. This celebration enhanced the close relationship between brother and sister. On that time from the third day, all friends gather together to enjoy playing called deusi and vailo one by one every house of our village with singing and dancing. It goes until three day that means the Tihar will finish the next day of Vai Tika.
Again I would like to write about our second-year course. It has been started from November-17th -whichever includes the following subjects-General medicine,-Acupressure,-Pathology,-Basic theory of oriental medicine,-Diagnosis,-Therapeutic relationship,-Acupoints and Moxibustion. The classes are running very interestingly, we have to study through ancient Chinese Philosophy, Which is very helpful and trying to take as much as we can from our teachers, also looking forward to making it better.
At last, I really want to say thank you so much for the great support and I am looking forward to continued support from TCM social forum.