Thursday, June 3, 2021

Gawai Dayak

Gawai Nyebang — unique tradition of border village folks

By Robert Kenneth KUCHING: Residents of Kampung Gumbang, a border village near Serikin, about 50km southwest from here, had a unique way to celebrate Gawai which this year had been hampered again by the Covid-19 pandemic. Calling themselves Bigumbang Bidayuh, they...

Cops stop rooster fight; two women among 5 held

JULAU: A cockfighting session on the first day of Gawai Dayak celebration here came to a premature end after five locals, including two women, engrossed in the prohibited activity were rounded by police. The culprits were caught in an open area near Darau, Pakan. District police chief Deputy Supt Andam Sulin Brayun said a team from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and several members of relevant departments raided the spot at around 3.30pm yesterday (June 1). The suspects were aged between 34 and 69 years. Andam said four live cockerels, three dead ones, a scale, a box riddled with written numbers and a canvas were seized "All the suspects were compounded under Regulation 17 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No.2) 2021," he said today (June 2). He said the suspects are being investigated under Section 3 (1) of the Animal Cruelty Ordinance 1963.

King, Queen convey Gawai greetings

KUALA LUMPUR:  Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah conveyed Gawai Day greetings to all who celebrate it in Sarawak. According to a statement posted on the Istana...

Johor Dayaks celebrate Gawai with families via video calls

JOHOR BAHRU: Despite being far away from their loved ones, the Dayak community in Pasir Gudang, here, strives to practise their customs and culture by celebrating the Gawai via video calls, following the total lockdown that begins today (June...

703 Covid-19 cases on Gawai Day

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 703 Covid-19 positive cases on Gawai Day (June 1), bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 48,032. Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said a total of 458 or 65.15 percent of the total...

Virtual Gawai Dayak Greeting

Noorhayati Abdullah @ Jancy Jokin (left), and her daughter Sarema Putri Ismail, make a video call at their residence in Kuching, wishing their Bidayuh relatives in Kampung Stass, Bau a happy Gawai. Noorhayati, who owns Sri Putri Bridal and...

Another quiet Gawai for Maria

KUCHING: The Ibans at Kampung Tabuan Dayak here and those nearby used to gather for the ‘tiang pengingat’ (memorial pole) ritual on Gawai Dayak Eve.   But since many of them have embraced Christianity, they no longer practise the ritual. But the...

Abang Openg instrumental in official recognition of Gawai Dayak

TUN Datuk Abang Openg Abang Sapiee was known for his spirit of goodwill, unity and cooperation with all ethnic groups notably the Dayak. This trait had been ingrained in him since he became a Native Officer, a District Officer...

Work together in unity

KUCHING: The Dayaks are urged to work together in unity in   line with the spirit of the Gawai Dayak celebration. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, in making the call, pointed out that past Dayak leaders such as...

Avoid going ‘ngabang’ this year

KUCHING: The celebrants of the upcoming Gawai are urged to stay home and not visit another during the festive holiday. In stressing this, Senior Minister (Infrastructure Cluster) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said these sacrifices had to be made to protect...
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Gawai Nyebang — unique tradition of border village folks

By Robert Kenneth KUCHING: Residents of Kampung Gumbang, a border village near Serikin, about 50km southwest from here, had a...
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