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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: The annual tribal fair or Adivasi Mela will commence from January 26 at Adivasi ground near Unit-1 here. The State government has decided to organise the fair with strict adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines.

As per government sources, the Adivasi ground will remain open for the public from 11 am to 7 pm every day. Visitors will have to follow certain guidelines pertaining to Covid-19 while entering the ground. The norms include use of face mask, hand sanitisation and maintaining physical distancing, sources said.

Adequate security arrangements will be put in place to ensure compliance of the Covid guidelines.

The 15-day long fair will showcase the tribal lifestyle, practices, household equipment, culture and tradition.

The fair which was organised at the Exhibition ground for the last two years has been shifted to the Adivasi ground this year.

The fair witnesses different tribal communities showcasing their rural lifestyle, wide range of tribal articles including jewelleries, household articles and traditional food items

Organic products like cereals, pulses, spices, forest produce, utility items, handlooms and art and craft are in huge demand. The tribal delicacies available in the fair also act a big attraction for the foodies.

People from the city and nearby areas throng the ground to buy the organic items like Keonjhar Badi, Kandhamal turmeric, forest produces like honey, tamarind, lac and rosin are a big hit.

Similarly, mustard, cumin seed, cinnamon and variety of rice from tribal dominated districts available in the fair also attract the city residents.

Hit hard by Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the tribal people are expected to get a good platform through the fair to sell and market their produces.

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