(Indigenous Tiwa community fair)
|Date(s)||January or February|
|Location(s)||Dayang Belguri, Morigaon, Assam|
|Inaugurated||15th century AD|
Jonbeel Mela (pron:'n?bi:l 'me?l?) (Assamese: ?) is a three-day annual indigenous Tiwa Community fair held the weekend of Magh Bihu at a historic place known as Dayang Belguri at Joonbeel. It is 3 km from Jagiroad in Morigaon district of Assam and 32 km from Guwahati. The National Highway connecting the mela is NH 37. The Joonbeel (Joon and Beel are Assamese terms for the Moon and a wetland respectively) is so called because a large natural water body is shaped like a crescent moon.
During the occasion a huge bazaar is held. A few days before the mela starts, indigenous Assamese communities of Assam Hills and neighborhood like Hill Tiwa, Karbi, Khasi, and Jayantia of the northeast come down from the hills with products and interchange their merchandise with the native indigenous Assamese people in a barter system. It is said to be a hi-tech age barter system and perhaps the only fair in India where barter system is still alive.
The theme of the mela is harmony and brotherhood among the indigenous Assamese communities and tribes scattered in the Northeast India. The Gobha King along with his courtiers visits the mela and collects taxes from his subjects. People perform their traditional dance and music, making the atmosphere one of joy and fun.
On 17 January 2009 the Government of Assam announced an "Annual Royal Allowance" for the 19 customary kings from communities under the Gobha Kingdom that includes parts of three districts of present Assam: Morigaon, Nagaon and Kamrup. The Education Minister of Assam, Gautam Bora, distributing the bank cheques among the kings, said that the monetary assistance will be something between Rs. 3000 to Rs. 10,000 depending on the population count under them.
Expressing their great delight at the initiative taken by the government the kings welcomed the move.