Splashing mud and drinking local rice beer, Nepali farmers this week celebrated National Paddy Day to mark the beginning of the rice-planting season, despite some coronavirus lockdown measures still in place.
Traditional farming songs and laughter echoed in the air as farmers waded into waterlogged fields to sow green paddy.
"It is an important day for us. Our family and friends all came together in the fields to plant and have fun," farmer Ramesh Dongol, 35, told AFP.
Nepali farmers across the country mark the 15th of the Nepali month of Asar every year with celebrations.