Jonbeel Mela, an integral part of Tiwa cultural heritage, has been promoting peace and brotherhood between the people of hills and plains since medieval period. Celebrity chef Atul Lahkar on January 20 visited the Mela and captured some moments in Morigaon.
Talking exclusively to IndiaTodayNE, Atul Lahkar said, “My experience has been excellent. This time, I've seen several activities by communities such as the Khasi Jaintia and the Tiwa tribe. People dressed up in their traditional costumes and prepared delectable ethnic meals. I have a large collection of foods, including dried fish and vegetables”.
Beginning on January 19, Jagiroad hosted the legendary "Jonbeel mela," which has a special, centuries-old exchange system. The mela, which has a long history of barter between tribes from the plains and hills, served as a metaphor for love and affection among the tribes in the past.
The Community fishing, customary tax collection, and cultural function will be the highlights of this year's Mela's final day on January 21.
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