Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
And to all my friends in Howlina I bid you Kala Manoga Neeka.
Manoga Neeka (Hatch Night) is the night that the sea turtles hatch and make their way to the sea. It all happens on one night about 45 days after the mothers come ashore and lay their eggs during Chelona Vedomada (Turtle Week).
It happens in mid-Spring during a full moon. It is celebrated around the country but especially in the communities on the shore where the nest are. It is the culmination of the Turtle season and those families who have adopted nests stay up all night helping the little ones make their way safely to the sea.
If the nest empties entirely and all the hatch-lings make it safely to the ocean then the family is considered to have good luck all year.