Around Christmas is when the rice is cut. It’ s a big job, but the women help each other in their paddies. The hard work under the hot sun is much easier when you can sing and dance and laugh.
Songs from the rice paddies
The work doesn’t start till the sun is at its highest point becaues the rice has to be totally dry. Otherwise it becomes moldy. When you hear singing from the rice paddies, the harvest has started.
The rice paddy by TinTing is a small adventure in itself, full of smells and birds. The rice is also the main livelihood for the village. Each family has only enough land for what they need themselves.
The women walk in rows, while they sing and move forward, row by row. Bring along a sharp little knife if you want to try yourself.