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'Ashar Pandhra Mahotsav' highlights Sikkim's rich cultural heritage


'Ashar Pandhra Mahotsav' highlights Sikkim's rich cultural heritage

Sikkim, July 18 (ANI): Agriculture is the way of livelihood for the people of northeast and at the same time largely contributes to the region's economy. Sikkim is blessed with abundant natural resources making it favorable for various types of cultivation.

To celebrate the essence of cultivation, people especially the farming community in the state gathered on the auspicious day. 'Ashar Pandhra' is celebrated to mark the beginning of rice plantation season and people offer prayers for fruitful harvest.

Locals took to the paddy field to celebrate the festival by planting rice, singing folk songs, dancing and playing with mud water. During this time of the year, farmers celebrate their joyousness, as their cultivation grows abundantly leading to high production of crops.

It is during this 'Ashar Pandhra' that cultivation process of seasonal crops like paddy, millet etc takes place. Ashar Pandra means the 15th day of a Nepalese month "Ashar" the third month.

Moreover, various cultural pr

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