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.
More Information available at: http://www.pariwisatatalaud.com/
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