Gangtok: “Bethi”, an important cultural tradition of Nepali community, is observed during paddy planting in the month of “ASAR (July)” by old-timers. This was something like Jharlangi system, the tradition of the landlords giving some cereals to land tillers in lieu of working in the field.
This was said by Mr. C. B. Karki, Minister for Rural Management & Development in a programme organized at Mengli bazaar of South Sikkim to observe Bethi. He said though it is a tradition, it should not be limited in concept. Instead, it should be seen as the way of livelihood.
Now-a-days cultivation is very important for our livelihood and it should be accepted as a source of income, Mr. Karki said. He emphasized that Bethi can be converted and developed as a tourism feature to attract domestic and foreign tourists.
On the occasion, a group of farmers who recently completed the training organized by RMDD did paddy planting by singing Behti and Asharey with Naumati baja.