A little Himalayan Country Nepal celebrates National Paddy Day (locally known as Ropai Mela ) on Asad 15 of Nepali calander every year, which fall on 29 June this year. The day is celebrated as the end of the paddy planting period.
The occasion is celebrated throughout Nepal with various activities such as playing games in the mud; playing traditional musical instrument; singing songs; and serving traditional foods. The day is also popularly known as the day to eat yoghurt and rice flakes (dahi chiura khane din)
The day has secured its special palace in Nepali culture. This day used to be especially celebrated by farmers. But now more people from different walks of life including professionals, students and tourists are seen being part of this fun filled festival. Nepal government has been celebrating Paddy Day since 2004.
This time of the year is considered a rush time when the farmers keep themselves busy planting paddy seedlings in hopes of yielding harvest in the month of October. The day is celebrated as a special day as it lies in the middle of the monsoon season – the right time for farmers to plant the paddy saplings. The celebration has a special significance in Nepal where majority of people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. What a beautiful way to thank one of our deepest comfort food- ‘RICE’
Here are some interesting pictures and a video from the day.
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