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Posted: Monday, June 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Gawai Dayak

Gawai Dayak is a rice harvest festival of the Dayak people of Sarawak, Malaysia, on the northern coast of Borneo. Some aspects of the celebrations have remained essentially the same for centuries. At midnight on the eve of Gawai Dayak, a house elder conducts the chief ritual: while sacrificing a white cock, he recites a poem to ask for guidance, blessings, and a long life. Other events include the selection of the most beautiful man and woman to be king and queen of the harvest, dancing, a feast of rice, eggs, and vegetables, and the serving of traditional tuak, rice wine. More...
Posted: Monday, June 1, 2015 8:36:20 AM

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A blessed and joyous Gawai Dayak!!

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Sarawakians celebrate Gawai Dayak

Sarawakians of all walks of life celebrate Gawai Dayak today with visits to friends and relatives.

For the Dayak community, the festivities are merrier as family and friends return back to their villages to enjoy the harvest festival in full tradition.

Major cities in Sarawak were noticeably quiet as the city folks resorted to go home for the holidays, and take advantage of the long weekend.

Some malls in Kuching however have decided to do their soft openings on the first of June.
Posted: Monday, June 1, 2015 10:12:37 AM

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This is really a down-to-the-earth festival. Great!
Posted: Monday, June 1, 2015 12:14:12 PM
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there culture real respect their elders
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2015 6:49:19 PM
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Yes, this is a down to earth festival like most of the festivals in Asia as it all based on respect, peace and spiritual way of life.
But I would not call this a 100% traditional Sarawakians Dayak festival. This is a beautiful country with beautiful people.

In the 1970s to around 1980s the Malaysian Prime Minister and his department went to the East Malaysia (Borneo Island) and converted the natives to Islam with the promise of land and gave their women bras as their traditional clothing did not cover their torso.

I was in this part of the world around that time and I remember seeing in the news, 100s of native men, women and children at the airport sending off the Malaysian Prime Minister and his delegate. All the native women wore a pair of white bra. It was quite a sight.

The conversion of the native to Islam in the Borneo Island started long before the 70s. When the natives become Muslims, many of their traditional practices are forbidden by the Islamic law and they slowly changed.
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