Ropain. Otherwise known as the rice planting festival in Nepal that involves parades, mud, and lots and lots of rice! I was lucky enough to be in Nepal for this crazy festival and it was awesome! We hopped on a bus early that morning and rode all the way to the outskirts of Pokhara. Ropain is the festival where Nepali farmers plant new seedlings of rice crops in their fields hoping to grow tons and tons of rice. When we got there, we entered a scene of music and dance, and were given these beautiful flower leis. After about a half hour of chatting and taking in the scenery, we just kind of became a parade. Haha that sounds weird but I have no other way to describe it. They started the parade and then before you knew it we were walking with them in the streets!
The parade ultimately ended with us all arriving at these huge flooded rice fields. I should mention that all the water you see in these pictures is purely rainwater. Because the rice needs so much water to successfully grow, monsoon season is the prime time to plant it. Yes, that is A LOT of rain! Anyways, there were different parts of the festival. There was a contest to see who could plant the most rice the quickest (my roommate Grace did this), and a bunch of others that ultimately ended in a huge mud bath!
I was so glad that I could be in Nepal for one of their festivals. This sure was a good one to witness!
We had to of course get a few pictures before all the mud and madness! Nepal knows how to throw some wild festivals that’s for sure! I remember this day making me feel like a tourist and a local at the same time. Nepal has a way of making you feel right at home. I have so much love for this country!