Ashar 15 or Dhaan Diwas or Dahi Chura is Nepal’s National Rice Plantation Festival // Mud Festival of Nepal
Nepal celebrates Ashar 15 of Bikram Sambat calendar as is Dhaan Diwas (or Dhan Dibas). Its loose translations in English is ‘Rice Day’ but actually meaning is the starting of the Rice planting season in Nepal celebrating eating ‘Dahi Cheura‘. Dahi means Curd, and ‘Cheura‘ means beaten rice.
Welcome to the vibrant Ashar 15 (June 15). Ashar has arrived with the watery black clouds up above the sky ready to downpour and mudding the soil in the background of green fields everywhere. Ashar, the third month of the official calendar of Nepal (Bikram Sambat) comes from the village of Ashar in Lorestan, Iran. Remember, the Nepali dictionary carries a lot of Iranian guest words. In fact, the Nepali is a Khas language and Khas came from Iran. Khas are the Iranian-Aryans of Nepal who had started the Gorkhas too.
We can see Nepalese rural lifestyle is very close towards the nature and soil.
May the showrs of Ashad makes your rice saplings easiers. May the very shower wash away all of your shorrows and just like the rice seedlings your love and respect towards each others grows. May you enjoy the sounds of rain drops hitting your roof.
Welcome to a very Ashar Pandra. Enjoy the very Mud festval of Nepal.
BTW did how was your Dai Chura?