Ashar 15, popularly called Ashar pandra, the auspicious day for paddy planting in Hindu culture, is being celebrated Monday across the country.
Farmers mark the day beginning with paddy plantation followed by feast-like celebration with curd and beaten rice. People in the plantation field play with hilo (mud mixed with water prepared for plantation), which according to belief, cures skin diseases.
Ashare bhaka, the traditional Nepali song sung while planting, makes the day more musical and entertaining.
The government, some years back, declared the day as national paddy day in an effort to promote paddy production and diversify its varieties. June 29 2009