A blanket of rain casts a shadow on the emerald fields of the valley. It is June*, and the monsoon season has once again greeted Nepal, with a cool, damp hug. Farmers of the Kathmandu valley begin the preparation to plant paddy in their fields.
The advent of the Monsoons, ushers a very important occasion in the agricultural calendar of Nepal. . Rice is planted from the last week of June to the first week of July and is harvested around the middle of November. Both the planting and harvesting season is celebrated and revered throughout the farming community with food, drinks and merry making. Songs are sung, pleasantries exchanged and family bonds renewed. It promises to be an experience that will linger in the minds of the people who participate long after the actual event itself.
Planting Rice in Bajrabarahi.
MORE PICTURES from previous years here