National Rice in Nepal is celebrated every 15th of Asar according to Nepalese calendar which coincides with 29th June which is today. This day holds a big importance in the lives of farmers and also of the general people in Nepal. Rice being the staple crop of most of the people living in Nepal, this crop is the major crop and is also considered as good and tasty food. So, in a way rice symbolizes good economy and a well maintained lifestyle in Nepal.
Generally Rice Day in Nepal is celebrated by planting rice in the fields and eating dahi-chiura (beaten rice and curd). This year, in Dibyanagar-2, Majedi, Chitwan, Nepal, some more interesting programs were added up to the usual celebration by DADO( District Agriculture Development Office), Chitwan and Youth Eco Network (YEN), an organization working for agriculture and environment of which I am one of the founding members. The programs held today were;
• Farmers level quiz contest about the environmentally friendly agriculture.
• Cultural program in which Tharu community presented their cultural dance and other local community presented their songs conveying messages like“ A good life is possible with Agriculture if you are ready to give your sweat to the land” , “ Brother don’t go abroad to earn money, Income is possible through Agriculture” , “ use organic manure” etc.
• Mud race competition in which male and female farmers participated separately.
• Prize distribution to the winners.
• Information on Rice cultivation techniques, eco-friendly ways of cultivating rice, use of organic manure like vermicompost and relevant local organizations etc.
• Dahi-Chiura ( Curd and Beaten rice) eating program.
In the same program, I shared about Green Youth Generation and the wonderful job it is doing in the field of environment, education and child rights to the members of Youth Eco Network and others present in the program. About a month ago, I was selected as a national coordinator. Knowing Green Youth Generation and getting a chance to be a part of it has given me more confidence and motivation to work in the field of environment and education and making a difference in the world we all live in.