Gawai Dayak

Gawai Celebration

Every year, the natives of Sarawak celebrate Gawai on the 1st and 2nd of June. Gawai means a ritual or a festival where Dayak is a collective name for the native ethnics of Sarawak; Iban, Bidayuh, Kelabit, Kayan, Kenyah and many others. Thus Gawai Dayak literally means “Dayak Festival“. On this day, Dayak’s would visit their friends and family/relatives. This is known as “Ngabang” in the Iban dialect. A special wine is brewed at least a month before the celebration which is the Tuak, a rice wine. Traditional delicacies are also eaten such as penganan, a cake made from rice flour, sugar and coconut milk. As the big day approaches, everyone will be busy with the general cleaning and preparation of food. AS the sun sets Miring, an offering ceremony will take place.

[Mr Douglas Miring-ing]

You have seen this before, Mr Douglas asked for guidance and blessings as he waved the cockerel around. Eventually, the cockerel is sacrifice and the little blood is also used in these offerings. Just before midnight, a procession is done 7 times called “ngalu Petara”, welcoming the spirit gods. During this procession, a beauty pageant is held to choose the festival beauty queen and king or as we known “Kumang Keling Gawai”.

[Anneth & Gary, Kumang Keling 2008]

Talking about Kumang Keling, congratulation to Anneth and Gary for winning the Kumang Keling finale! We celebrated the Gawai Festival on the 19th of June. “Unity Through Culture” was choosen as the theme. Students, teachers and parents were present. It started with an ethnic dance a ngajat.

[Let me have this one...]

[Which one should i take...]

[Pose for the camera~]

But we all like the part where it was the “Ngerebah Ranyai” which is the cutting down of the tree where we got a lot of foods… Oh yummy~

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Im Uwaes, Signing Out




Majalah Kenyalang Squad

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