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Joonbeel Mela 2008

People of Tiwa community fishing during Community Fishing, organized as a part of 'Jonbeel Mela' at Jonbill lake, at the ongoing 3-day-long traditional Deu King's Market known as Jonbeel Mela, Jagiroad, Nagaon district on 18-01-08. Hundreds of tribal people gather in the bazaar to exchange their commodities with the other people. The festival mainly organized to exchange commodities between plain and hill tribes here.

This spectacular fair is held every year during the winter at Jonbeel, Jagiroad. A few days before the mela, tribes like the Tiwas, Karbis, Khasis, Jaintias from the Meghalaya hills come down with their various products for this mela.

The significance of this mela is in its theme of harmony and brotherhood amongst various tribes and communities. During the 'mela' these communities perform their traditional dances and music in a befitting manner.

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