KATHMANDU, June 29: With the onset of monsoon, farmers have started to sow plants in their fields across the country. Of the monsoon season, one of the most prominent dates of plantation is Asar 15, well known as plantation (ropain) festival. Ropain in Nepali means rice plantation. The day is important to farmers as it marks the day they plant new seedlings of rice crops of the year.
Farmers celebrate the day as the festival as they play with the mud and water, plough the field, plants rice and eat beaten rice with yoghurt (dahi-chiura).Asare Bhaka or Asare Jhyaure geet is the famous folk tune/song that is sung in the paddy fields during rice plantation this month. The day is well marked even in the urban cities at least by taking beaten rice with yoghurt.
A farmer walks by the paddy field at Phikhel, Chagunarayan.
Farmers plant rice near Chagunarayan, Bhaktapur.
Famer preparing her field to plant rice. Surface of field should be flat before planting rice.
Group of famers plant rice at Manohara, Bhaktapur. The farmers came specially for ropain from Tilbari-4, Ramechhap. They earn Rs. 400 per day.
A farmer throwing rice saplings as she walks ankle deep in the rice paddy field near Bode.
A farmer seperates rice sapplings before planting them at Manohora, Bhaktapur.
A farmer wipes her sweat while planting rice.
Alina Sahahu 11, playing and planting rice with her family members.