in East Malaysia
Besides those celebrated throughout the Try, Sabah and Sarawak
have their festivals. Exact gates can be procured he tourist
offices in the capitals.
Kadazan Harvest Festival or Tadau keamatan (movable. public
nobody and Labuan only) marks the end of harvest in Sabah;
the magavau performed to nurse the spirit back in readiness
for the next planting traditionally, the ritual world we been
performed in the paddy field by a bobohizan (high priestess).
Celebrate a with feasting, tapai (rice wine) ;arcing and general
merry-making. There are also agricultural show buffalo races,
cultural performances and traditional games. The sumazal dance
is one of the highlight the festivities.
Gawai (moveable. public holiday Sarawak only)
is the major festival of the tan of 5arawak; longhouses continuously
for a week. The Gawai celebrate the end of the rice harvest
and the planting season. The ritual is called magavau and
nurses grain back to health in advance of the planting season
like the festival In Sabah, visitors
welcome to join in, but in Sarawak, the harvest festival is
much more traditional. On the first day of celebrations everyone
dresses up in traditional costumes, singing, dancing and drinking
tuak rice wine until they drop.
Gawai Burung (Sarawak) is biggest of all
the gawais and honours the war god of the loans. Gawai Kenyalang
is one stage of Gawai Burung and is celebrated only after
a tribesman has been instructed to do so after a dream.
Gawai Antu (Sarawak), also known as Gawai
Nyunkup or Rugan, is an iban tribute to departed spirits.
in simple terms, it is a party to mark the end of mourning
for anyone whose relative had died in the previous six months.
Gawai Batu (Sarawak) is a whetstone feast
held by than farmers in June.
Gawai MpijongJaran Rantau (Sarawak) is celebrated
by the Bidnyuh before grass cutting In new paddy fields.
Gawai Bineh (Sarawak) is an than festival
celebrated after harvest It welcomes back all the spirits
of the paddy from the fields
Gawai Sawa (movable) is celebrated by the
Bidayuh in Sarawak to offer thanksgiving for the lost year
and to make the next year a plentiful one.
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