Ancient rituals in Tibet launch plowing season

By Palden Nyima and Daqiong in Lhasa | | Updated: 2021-03-17 10:27
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A woman takes part in a ceremony marking the start of spring ploughing in Lhasa, Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, March 16, 2021. [Photo by Tsewang / Provided by Tibet Daily to]

Tibet achieved a 65 percent agricultural mechanization rate during China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period. Thanks to the machinery, the yaks can take a rest from their past labors in the region.

Dawa Tsering, a Tibetan farmer in Drakarsho village in Tibet's Dagze county, explained that residents thought the morning ceremonies would help bring a bumper harvest — or at least they would do no harm. And the rituals provided a bonding moment for the farmers, who share the trials of raising crops in the difficult high-altitude environment of Tibet.

"Last year, our residents were provided with fine barley varieties. Thanks to that, we saw an increment of 1.6 yuan ($0.25) on every kilogram. We are full of confidence about this year's harvest," he said.

"The farmers not only are planting their crops but are also planting hope."

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