Mane’e Festival 2013 : Talaud’s Unique Fishing Tradition

28 May 2013 - 29 May 2013

The Island of Intata-Kakorotan in the Talaud Island Regency in the Province of North Sulawesi will sparkle with festivities when the Mane’e Festival gets underway from 28th to 29th May 2013.

The Talaud Islands are located north of Manado bordering the Philippines .

Mane’e is a traditional fish-catch festival where fishermen use a 4  Km long woven  fish trap made of palm-leaves instead of conventional fishing gear.


The Mane’e festival itself comprises  several processes that start with communal prayers, then  ropes are woven from materials taken from the forest,equipment are prepared, the sammi  is released ,then the fish are called , the woven palm leaves are spread , and  village elders spear the fish , then the fish is harvested.  The catch is then distributed, and the entire festival ends with a ritual expressing grateful thanks to God.

To add to the excitement of the event, there will also be a carnival of traditional boats, and Talaud Art and Cultural performances.


The festival is held with the intention to preserve age old traditions and to introduce and promote  unique fishing traditions that only exist  in Talaud and are not found elsewhere in the world. The event  also acts to further introduce  and promote the beauty of Talaud Islands in North Sulawesi to the rest of the world.

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