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Giant Crane Carved Out in Paddy Fields of South Korea Urges People to 'Cheer Up' in Pandemic

The images depict various animals including local mascots; a crane and a fish, and a ladybird | Ed JONES - AFP.

The images depict various animals including local mascots; a crane and a fish, and a ladybird | Ed JONES - AFP.

The slogan in Suncheon, 320 kilometres (198 miles) south of Seoul, is made up of different varieties of rice, planted to create shapes in the crop when viewed from above -- even though the effect is invisible from the ground.

Across a vast sprawl of paddy fields on South Korea's southern tip, a giant crane made out of rice plants urges the country to "Cheer Up!" in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The slogan in Suncheon, 320 kilometres (198 miles) south of Seoul, is made up of different varieties of rice, planted to create shapes in the crop when viewed from above -- even though the effect is invisible from the ground.

The images, an annual promotional effort, are designed and planted by local children and farmers.

As well as the crane, a huge ladybird symbolises low-pesticide agriculture -- the insects' numbers plummet when such chemicals are used.

Others include another crane and a fish, both local mascots, and a farmer ploughing with an ox.

No fewer than 500 scarecrows in traditional hanbok dress, have been deployed around the fields to protect the art from the depredations of hungry birds.

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The project requires months of planning, said Suncheon farmer Hyun Young-soo, 63.

"Primary and middle school students, members of various groups in the district, merchants and many others have all come together," he told AFP, "right from the beginning of planting the crops till the end of harvesting".

Back in India, cheer during pandemic is being spread in different forms.

Recently, a video of a COVID care centre surfaced on social media. The video showed people dancing around a bride at the COVID care centre in Mattanchery, Ernakulam.

The marriage ceremony hit a hurdle when the bride contracted the infection. She had to go to the COVID care centre for treatment, owing to which the family was faced with a choice of delaying the nikaah ceremony.

However, the families decided against it and the marriage was solemnised over a video call. To cheer up the bride who couldn't be present at her nikaah ceremony, the inmates of the COVID care centre surprised her with a dance.

(With AFP inputs)


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