Gawai Day or Gawai Dayak, a festival celebrated in Sarawak on 1 June every
year is both a religious and social occasion. The word Gawai means a ritual
or festival whereas Dayak is a collective name for the natives races in
Sarawak; the Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Murut people and a
few more. Thus Gawai Dayak literally means "Dayak Festival".
KAUL FESTIVAL OF MUKAH
The majority race of Mukah is Melanau. Kaul is a traditional festival
celebrated by Melanau in the third week of April, annually. In the past,
it was a ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea & land. Today,
most of the Malanau people have converted to either Muslim or Christian.
Kaul became a social-cultural gathering for Melanau.
BALLEH: KAPIT RAFT SAFARI
The Raft Safari, which started in 1996 and usually takes place at the
beginning of April, is more than just a challenging sporting event. As
the competitors steer their rafts through the treacherous whitewater,
they will -also witness the ethnic diversity and cultural heritage of
the indigenous riverine communities. An overnight stay in a local longhouse
provides competitors a once-in-a-lifetime insight into the lifestyle of
the tribes that call the wild river their life-source and untamed rainforest
RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Rainforest World Music festival is an annual festival featuring international,
regional and local artists in a three day outdoor event that takes place
in mid july, just outside of Kuching, the capitol city of the Malaysian
province of Sarawak, on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo.
The anniversary of the declaration of Kuching as a city is celebrated
every August. You will surely be entertained throughout this month long
festival with activities from a city parade to nightly exhibitions, stage
shows, concerts and competitions.
Pesta Benak (Tidal Bore Carnival) in Sri Aman is one of the yearly activities
in the Sarawak tourism calendar. The objective of Pesta Benak Sri Aman
is to introduce Sri Aman town through tourism and encourage tourist from
in and outside the country to visit Sri Aman. Apart from it, Pesta Benak
is also to promote harmony among local community.
Held on the Sarawak River at Kuching, the state capital, the annual Sarawak
Regatta draws on the country’s rich history and traditions. Originally
a contest between different tribes who raced their war canoes against
one another, the event is now a great family day out and each year draws
huge crowds that line the riverbank. After the traditional canoe races,
kayaks and jet-skis take to the water to wow the crowds
WORLD HARVEST FESTIVAL
People from various cultures all over the world celebrate the gathering
of the harvest. Harvest Festivals have been held as long as people have
been sowing and gathering food. For Americans, this harvest festival is
held on the fourth Thursday of November and is called Thanksgiving.
BORNEO CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Experience the unique cultural contributions of the various ethnic groups
from around the region, as they converge in Sibu for a weeklong celebration
of song and dance at the Sibu Town Square.
Mooncake Festival or 'Tang Lung' is a celebration of peace and prosperity.
It is celebrated by Chinese around the world every year on the month of
eight of Chinese lunar calendar. Legend has indicated that the secret
about a plot against the Mongolians was hidden inside the mooncake and
the mooncake was distributed widely. Lanterns were used at night as signals
from higher grounds and hilltop.
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