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From: China Tibet Online 2013-03-20 13:38:00
by: Can Cai
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Spring plowing in Tibet: traditional way meets mechanization

It is 9:30 am, Mar, 16. The sun, daggling above the mountain top, shines on the farmland, into which scores of yaks dressed up with plowing tools on their backs indolently moves. The farmers are intent on plowing, their working tunes chiming in with the tinkling sound given out by the bells tied around the necks of those yaks. However, a dozen of tractors are left aside, stalled and unattended.

As a matter of fact, due to different climatic and geographic features, the spring plowing day varies in time in different parts of Tibet, yet close to each other. Dawa, Secretary of the Village Committee of Dechen Village, Tohlung Dechen County, stands in the center of the farmland, commanding the celebration ceremony. "Three circles clockwise and three counter-clockwise. Gather around the burning incense. Sprinkle the Tsampa (roasted highland barley flour)" shouts Dawa, who says that the celebration ceremony originates from the traditional plowing in ancient times.

Yaks, in couples, dressed in propitious costumes, are moving along in the cropland, driven by farmers. Each couple is tailed by a child with a barrel in hand, who would sow seeds into the dents tramped by the yaks. In the meantime, women and elders are cheering nearby. The ardent atmosphere even startles surrounding birds.

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