Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Gawai 2011

Selamat Gawai to all those who celebrate Gawai!
Just in case you don't already know, Gawai Dayak celebration is unique to the Dayak in Sarawak and it falls on 1 June every year.
The long house...
The people gathered at the ruai (an open gallery which runs through the entire length of the longhouse) for dancing, chatting, making music, etc... Since this longhouse is quite modern with tiled floor, mat is no longer used.
On individual basis, they do have simple food/tidbits to welcome visitors.
At the back door of this family, they laid out mat and have a celebration there.
Of course beer, tuak (rice wine), liquor are a must. This family distill their own "whiskey"  and I can tell you that it is very strong! The Label 5 whiskey are those bought from town which is normally made from pure alcohol + some other things.

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