Kathmandu, Nepal, June 29, 2021: Asar 15, which is also popularly known as National Paddy Day in Nepal, is being observed today (Tuesday) amid a several traditional functions. The government has fixed the slogan of this year’s 18th National Paddy Day as ‘Growth in Paddy Production: Food Security, Self-reliance and Prosperity.’
The festival used to be marked with traditional cultural programs like singing songs, having delicious including Dai and Chiura (curd and bitten rice), and throwing mud at each other as merriment.
Considering the spreading threat of coronavirus, the Department of Agriculture has directed all stakeholders to observe the festival mentioning the safety protocols set by the government to contain the spreading threat of the virus.
Though the Asar 15 deserves high in the Nepali society since hundreds of thousand years, the government had started celebrating Asar 15 as National Paddy Day from 2005. A minister-level decision held on December 14, 2004 had decided to celebrate Asar 15 as National Paddy Day.
Paddy seedlings used to be planted in the fields today with the belief of agricultural prosperity. However, neither the government nor the concerned stake holders have regarded the agricultural sector as the country’s major basis of economy.
Even though the Nepal used to be regarded as agricultural driven economical state, agriculture sector only covers about 25 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) though it was about 67 percent just 50 years ago. Nepal has now shifted into remittance-driven economy from the agriculture-driven economy teasing country’s economic strength.