Eleven in the morning on half-day Saturday, Pema Ts'al held its annual spelling bee in the assembly area. The audience had the distinct look of a family.
Both English and Nepali were being tested. Nepali would have to be written due to the nature of the language.The three top students competed by selecting a number out of a jar which referenced the word on the official list with the same number.
Some of the Shedra monks were assisting and some were looking on from above.
Lama Kunga-la presented each winner with a Kata scarf, a package of biscuits and a white envelope - with a small cash prize.
Katas are scarves in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. They are given to one who is leaving on a trip, draped around the neck as an honor to someone, or used to enclose an offering. Traditional katas have a subtle pattern of Tibetan symbols.