Every year around this time the villagers drain one of the local ponds into an adjoining rice field. This takes all night – a couple guys stay up all night with the pump.
Then in the very early morning about 15 people gather at the banks for a mud infused assault on the fish. This is not clean work – they jump into the mud, sinking up to their waists and crawl around with small nets and buckets collecting all the fish.
By mid morning its a small party at the pond. A number beer bottles are strewn about, a small fire cooks a few of the fish, and mud is being flung about! Young and old participate in the fun.
By mid day they have collected as many as they need and start draining the water back into the pond. It looks like we will be eating fish for the next few weeks!