The paddy plantation festival of Asare Pandhra, Cultivate love. | Hamro Patro

ब्लग - साहित्य / नेपाली चाडपर्व तथा महत्त्वपूर्ण दिनहरू

The paddy plantation festival of Asare Pandhra, Cultivate love.

Monsoon is commenced, so how much water is accumulated in your fields? Are they adequate to plant paddy?  If the lumps are broken, then the soil is leveled. What are you plowing with?

What are you plowing with <plowed oxen or tractors <?

Are farmers available? Khetala, as we call in Nepali. And how are the paddy seeds, Dhaan ko biu as we call in Nepali? Nepali people, gear up for the plantation, welcome to the 15th of Asar of this year.

There are many other questions to be asked by the agrarian Nepalis of the agrarian country. Which paddy are you planting? Kanchi Mansuli, Basmati, Ghaiya, Kariyakamat, Bagadi, or any other.

Welcome to the celebration on the 15th of Asar, this year too, like other years, Asar has arrived with clouds, mud, and greenery. Asar, the third month of Bikram Samvat, is an agricultural village in the Lorestan district of Iran.

Remember that in the Nepali dictionary we use a lot of acquired and influenced Iranian words, in this sense, it is confirmed that
there is an old relationship with Iran and Devanagari script, the background of the word Asar has also shown a proof towards Iran. On the other hand, one of the five daily prayers in Islam is called Asr. In Egypt, the god of death is called Osiris Asar. In any case, to understand Asar, we do not have to keep on doing word surgery. This month of planting paddy and growing maximum by
consuming minimum is often said as "Mano Khayera Muri Ubjaune", this month is special for agricultural work. The clouds are now fully matured, raindrops pouring and accumulating in streams, this month is a milestone for the food sovereignty of Nepal.

For this reason, the 15th of Asar is considered as the National Paddy Day.

As much as possible, let's play with the rain, rice plants, and mud again today. The lifestyle of the Nepali environment is very close to nature and soil.  Food of the farmers are delivered in the fields, the array of colorful slippers on the field signifies the synergy of Asar.

In the Terai, the food taken to the farmers in this way is called jalkhai. Generally, it is customary to take thick bread of wheat flour
and salt, oil, chilly pickle, etc. in the jalkhai. In the Terai, if the owner of the farm comes to the field to plant paddy himself, it is customary for all the farmers to chase away the landlord by spreading mud.

The month of Ashadh has not only social and economic but also literary significance. Various exciting and popular songs have been written and sung in the periphery of Ashadh for generations, such as in the field of planting paddy in the month of Ashadh/ Asar. Since such songs are sung while planting paddy, they are sung simply and slowly, so that the working farmers can forget their fatigue and work for a long time. Ashadhe Pandhra,

which is one of such plantations, is a festival that kills fatigue during a busy time. Ashadhe Pandhra is also called as Dahichura Eating Day (Yogurt and Beaten rice) because of the specialties made by Dahi Chura, Mango, and other dishes.

May the rain of hope be good for planting paddy, may the water of that rain also alleviate our sorrows, and may we sow love and harmony with each other along with the seed of paddy, may love to grow.

Let the roof of the house be filled with water, let the message of hope and love flow, let the leaking roofs be avoided, and let your
dreams be awakened.

Do try Dahi Chiura today, best wishes

Suyog Dhakal

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