Macchabée ceremony at TVU – Expressing gratitude to those who donated their bodies to medicine

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(TVU) – On January 22, lecturers and students of the school of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tra Vinh University hold a respectfully Macchabée ceremony to express gratitude to those who donated their bodies to medical education and training.

The ceremony has the participation of Mr. Le Van Don, Standing Vice Chairman of TVU Advisory Council; Prof. Dr. Ta Van Tram, Director of the Central General Hospital of Tien Giang Province, Head of the school of Medicine and Pharmacy; Dr. Tran Kien Vu, Director of Tra Vinh General Hospital, Deputy Head of the school of Medicine and Pharmacy; Dr. Huynh Thi Hong Nhung, Deputy Head of the school of Medicine and Pharmacy together with leaders and members of units and a large number of students of the school of Medicine and Pharmacy.

The ceremony makes emotions, TVU students recreate the scenes of volunteers who donated their bodies to medical education and training. Those are noble gestures, silent sacrifices marked throughout life.

A student of Medicine 2019, Le Van Hieu represents students to read the medical article to show respect, gratitude, and good feelings to the silent teachers in the medical profession.

After the ceremony of gratitude, teachers and all students perform the procession and offering incense at the Surgical Practice Room. The corpses are decorated with wreaths, lanterns, flowers, or cranes and decorate the room with dignity. These are meaningful activities annually held.

The Macchabée – also known as the Gratitude Ceremony “Those Who Dedicate Their Bodies to Medicine” is a unique cultural icon, the popularity in Western countries, demonstrating diversity in rituals, festivals, music, and visual arts. The festival is deeply human, expressing the grief and gratitude of the living to the deceased, sending the desire for happiness and equality to all.

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