Jun 4, 2010

Gawai Holiday / Harvest Festival

Did you miss me?

Since last Friday, it is another festive season for Sarawak (a Malaysia state in Borneo Island).
28 May Fri - Wesak Day. It is Buddha's Day celebrated by Buddhist and it is public holiday.
             Sat - Public holiday.
             Sun - Public holiday.
            Mon - Working day
  1 June Tues - Gawai Festival (Harvest festival). It is public holiday 
                     in Sarawak only! 2 Days!!
            Wed - Gawai!!!
          Thurs - Working day
               Fri - Public holiday, replacement for Our Yang Di-pertuan Agong's
                     birthday which fell on Saturday.

Without much analysis, you may noticed that there are only two working days for the week. Naturally people will ask for two days leave to get the whole week for holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wooohoooooooooo Yahooooooooooooo!!!
Why am I so happy when I am not working???????? Happy for people is also very happying!!

Of course I am happy because I get the chance to celebrate Gawai in Kuching! My good father willing to drive to Kuching for my mother's sake. My uncle is Bidayuh ethnic and he is celebrating Gawai in Kuching this year.

My uncle's hometown is in Bau. Bau means smell in English. Bau is the only place that has gold. Hence when you go Bau, you can smell gold. Yeah, you better don't trust me on the smelling gold part.
View of the village. Not longhouse style.

 When in village, with clean river, with no shit in the river, with many people who likes to swim in river, with kids, OF COURSE it is a must to go for a swim. It is actually my first time to swim in a river. Yeah we swam at Pedaun River. So cooling.....

It had to be cooling. If it is warm, you can start suspecting someone is peeing up the stream. This photo is the only photo which is not showing anyone with underwear. hohohoho.

After swim, get hungry? Then eat. nyam nyam. not nom nom.

Have to walk up hill everytime we went visiting. Why all uncle's relatives like to stay so high on hill? The atmosphere of Gawai is same as Chinese New Year, Eid Festival or Christmas. Everyone dressed nice nice, and many food to eat. For Gawai, the host always cooks for visitors, leaving visitor sitting outside talking to ourselves. Maybe they dare to leave us sitting in the living room by ourselves because we are their relatives. The rice they prepared usually is Dayak rice. It is like sticky rice and tend to make stomach bloated. So don't eat too much if you have gastric problem. Just eat small portion at every house, because there will be food at every house.

Nice wallpaper???

Finally, start our 13 hours journey back to Miri, including stop for meals, and careful driving. Saw many accidents on our way back to Miri.

Happy belated Gawai and Tadau Kamaatan!

19 comments:

bluedreamer27 said...

wow.. what a nice venue... perfect summer getaway

bluedreamer27 said...

hahaha oh my.. we have the same wall paper before.. i mean it's exactly the same...

bluedreamer27 said...

actally when we're kids... we always make fun of tht wall paper... we play with it and we're making it as our magic carpet LOL ...

bluedreamer27 said...

have a great day ghosty nana and happy bloggings

bluedreamer27 said...

wow nice cloud shots...

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

weiiii i love this one! happy gawai! =D

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

i loving the last picture! soooo nature! <3

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

gosh i also want to play water thr!! now so hot thr, looking at ur pic really makes me feel like just jump into it! lol

[SK] said...

so unfair!! Sabah and Sarawak both have two days for the Harvest festival, but KL only have 1 day for her Territory Day.. :p

hey, looks like fun playing in the cool river, but got leeches or not?? i think i would enjoy more on the food for the picnic!! all look so delicious.. what are those?? some special sarawakian cooking??

khengsiong said...

You got replacement for King's birthday? I don't :'(

Kelvin said...

So good, 10 days holiday^^

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Don't you just love Gawai? hahahaha...the holidays, the food, the ngabang, the tuak...everything!

Ghosty Nana said...

Bluedreamer27, very nice indeed. Just don't go to swim after a big rain because it is dangerous.
hahaha, you also hang it on the wall of your living room? It looks like a hanging carpet to me. Yeah very nice clouds, I enjoyed looking at the cloud during our journey back home.
You have a great day too and a happy weekend.

Caroline, Happy tadau kamaatan to you. Did you celebrate Kamaatan in Sabah?
Hahaha, I went to swim even I was not feeling well. Lucky didn't stay too long there, because I will get very sick if I go play water for one more day.
I like the clouds too.

Ghosty Nana said...

[SK], Harvest festival = Chinese New Year = Eid = all 2 days holiday!!!
Territory Day = Independent Day = Agong's bday = all 1 day holiday!!!
Yes it was very fun. I missing it now. Those food are not picnic food, it was actually food for guest who come visiting the house.
Have curry, lemang, duck, also have 'labi labi, sui yu. The relative who cooked the food married to Malaysian Chinese, so most food are more like chinese food. She even made siew bee.

khengsiong, I am not working, so my everyday is replacement holiday for the King's bday.

Ghosty Nana said...

Kelvin, yes very long, and Miri was so quiet. Many went back to hometown.

Reptoz, LOVE!! what is ngabang? I tried one tuak which tasted like red wine. Niceeee.

Goldfish Uncle said...

Wahlao sibeh syok rite so much holiday. Limpek here bulu also dont have. Eh, water become warm means pee ar?? Shittt mannnn...

Ghosty Nana said...

Yalor Uncle. 2nd long holiday this year, after Chinese New Year. If many pee, it can become hot spring

suituapui said...

Oooo...this is fun! I miss all that! And the food looks good! Yum! Yum! LOL!!!

P.S. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Will link you in my blogroll! Hey!!! Looks like everybody's here too - all my blogger friends. Small world! Hahahahaha!!!!

Ghosty Nana said...

Yes, it was very fun!!! The rice is very nice, but too bad too bloated to eat more.
hehhee, welcome to my blog, thanks for commenting. Yeah the world had become very small.