Until modern times, the rice crop was the standard used for managing land and levying taxes. The word for cooked rice itself is synonymous with a meal; other foods served with it, even expensive shavings of beefstake, are considered (o-kazy) or side dishes. There's rice, rice and more delectable rice than you could ever imagine.
Each rice seedling is carefully, hand planted into the mud, to ensure that it stands up securely, thus protecting the tiny stems from drowning in the water flooded fields. Certainly this is a first hand education in understanding the work required to put a daily bowl of rice on the table.
My favorite part of the whole season is the ZaaArt of celebrationing this tiny sheath of green( rice) and nurturing it, with the traditional folklore songs, dances and drumbeats of the heart. It's truly a tribute to nature !!!