Tuesday, August 16, 2022

‘Celebrate Gawai in confines of your homes’

Secara Rawak

KUCHING: The Dayak community will be celebrating Gawai on June 1 among their household in their respective homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bung Bratak Heritage Association president Datuk Peter Minos said hopefully by next year when Sarawak is free from coronavirus, the Dayaks can have a bigger and joyous Gawai to make up for this year’s celebration.

“Gawai is a time when Dayaks are reminded of their heritage, their identity and of whom they are in this world.
“Remove Gawai, you remove the meaning of being a Dayak. That is the deeper meaning of Gawai,” he said in his Gawai message today.

“We cannot ignore Gawai or the spirit behind it because Gawai is our deep-rooted culture. “But what matters most now is that we have a happy and joyful Gawai with our families at home and keep our loved ones, who are far away, in our heart and mind,” he said.

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