Almost 3 weeks the rice paddy view from our resort is look like a golden overlay.
The men and women all take turn in guarding the precious crop, rattling their bird-scarers and shouting themselves hoarse to protect their harvest from the winged marauders. As the ripening padi colours golden, irrigation stops and harvest rituals begin.
On harvest time a group of women will be start their day in the middle of rice field, they will be cut a rice paddy just above ground level with a sickle, then directly thrashed in the field by the women who bang the bundles of rice on a board till the grains fall off on a spread canvas, ready to be scooped into sacks. These will later be taken to the nearest mill where the padi is sold outright or dehusked for eating.