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Getting down and dirty for the start of rice planting season in Nepal

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Nepalese farmers dance as they celebrate "Asar Pandhra", or the festival of planting rice, in Pokhara, about 125 miles west of Katmandu, Nepal, on June 29.

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A boy enjoys the waterfall as he cleans himself after celebrating Asar Pandhra festival in Pokhara valley, west of Nepal's capital Kathmandu on June 29. Farmers in Nepal celebrate the festival to mark the commencement of rice crop planting in paddy fields.

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A tourist dances as she celebrates Asar Pandhra festival in Pokhara valley, west of Nepal's capital Kathmandu on June 29. Farmers in Nepal celebrate the festival to mark the commencement of rice crop planting in paddy fields.

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Nepalese youth play in the mud as they plant rice in a field in Pokhara, west of Kathmandu on June 29. The farmers are celebrating National Paddy Day on 'Asar 15' of the Nepali calendar as the annual rice planting season begins.

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A Nepalese woman kisses a tourist while celebrating Asar Pandhra festival in Pokhara valley, west of Nepal's capital Kathmandu on June 29. Farmers in Nepal celebrate the festival to mark the commencement of rice crop planting in paddy fields.