Yaithab fishing festival celebrated at TaretLok River
The villagers of NambasiKhunou, NambasiKhullen, NambasiKhunjao and Kasung of Kamjong district today celebrated Yaithab, a traditional fishing festival at TaretLok at Manbasi Khunjao village on Tuesday.
To carry out the traditional fishing festival, the villagers of the four villages went to the nearby jungles a week earlier to gather the creeping plants which possess the sedative fluids used for catching fishes at the TaretLok, a river co-joined by seven rivers located at Myanmar border.
The gathered creeping plants were softened by using stones and sticks and brought at the river. They are finally placed above the stones and logs in the river and further softened by continually striking them the sticks and washing with water by the villagers in a simultaneous manner. The fluids from the plants are mixed into the river water.
The traditional Yaithab fishing festival at TaretLok of NambasiKhunao village began by offering traditional prayers led by MLA, of Phungyar assembly constituency, K. Leishiyo along with village chiefs and villagers at the river bed of TaretLok on Tuesday morning.
The villagers both males and females on traditional attires got down into the river and started softening the plants by hitting them with sticks. Later, the villagers went along the river streams and caught the fishes sedated by the fluids from the plants.
K. Leishiyo during the opening of traditional fishing festival on Tuesday morning at TaretLok mentioned that due to some unavoidable circumstances the said traditional (Yaithab) fishing festival could not be performed for last many years. But this year, with the proposals from the villagers, the festival was jointly organised by the villagers of Nambasi, Khunjao, NambasiKhullen, NambasiKhunou and Kasung with an objective to bring unity and development on their far flung villages by remembering the traditional Yaithab festival.
He said, the festival used to be celebrated during this month by their forefather as a mark to bring prosperity at various levels.
Their forefather believed that observing of Yaithab (traditional) fishing festival will increase the fish populations in the rivers and will bring prosperity at their cultivable products for the year.
Interestingly, more than 500 villagers who took part in the Yaithab (traditional fishing at TaretLok) river shared the collected fishes equally to each the end of the celebration.
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