Jonbeel Fair or Mela is held in January at Jonbeel of Jagiroad on the National Highway 37. Jagirod is 32 kms from Guwahati and is a bus stop on the way to Kaziranga wild life senctury.
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. This is perhaps the only fair in India where
barter system is still alive. A big market is organised during this
fair and people from various tribes and communities exchange their
Before the 'mela' they perform fire worship or Agni puja for
the well being of mankind. Another interesting feature is that during
this mela the 'Govaraja' or the King of the Tiwa tribe along
with his courtiers visit this mela and collect taxes from his subjects.
The significance of this mela is its theme of harmony and brotherhood
amongst various tribes and communities.
During the 'mela' these communities perform their traditional dance
and music to celebrate the mela in a befitting manner. Colourful
dances and music mark the fair. The whole atmosphere is swinging with
fun and joy.