Gawai Dayak Festival is generally celebrated by Dayak, indigenous people of Sarawak include Ibans and Bidayuhs. The festival is celebrated in June 1 to 2 each year. Some of the indigenous ethnic group practiced headhunting at the old century.
Gawai Dayak – The typical traditional festivals in East Malaysia
Gawai Dayak is one of the typical traditional festivals in East Malaysia, Dayak ethnic group will dress their traditional costume and gathering whole families in the longhouse to perform ceremonial offering first then kick off serial celebration including cultural dances from evening to next day morning, and the moment is belong to close door celebration without any outsiders, to celebrate the end of rice harvest in year.
On the next day, tourists then are invited to their longhouses to enjoy various special events like cockfighting and demonstrate traditional spray weapons. Most importantly, those enthusiastic hosts will offer their homemade rice wine “tuak” and delicious cuisines to serve visitors, as meaning of enjoyable harvest gained from over the year and show gratitude to the nature land.
Most local and foreign tourists will grab the valuable of yearly opportunity to pay a visit in longhouse with this special festival, experience the strong smell and “unrejectable” toast of rice wine with your strong stomach.