KUCHING – Dayak Gawai Day or the harvest festival is celebrated with ‘ngabang’, the practice of visiting close family members and friends from various races and religions.
‘Ngabang’ is unique as it brings a clear message about the importance of keeping the spirit of tolerance for the sake of unity and harmony in the state.
Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Ragad Kurdi Taib, joined ‘ngabang’ by visiting the open house of Donald Lawan, the former Bukit Begunan state assemblyman.
Abdul Taib and his wife then proceeded with ‘ngabang’ to the home of Assistant Minister of Public Health, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil at Batu Lintang.
Also present were Sarawak Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem and wife, Puan Sri Jamilah Anu and Cabinet members.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang will hold his Dayak Gawai open house at Dewan Sukan Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen Kalong Ningkan in Betong tomorrow.
The event will also be attended by Adenan and his wife.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to attend the Dayak Gawai dinner on June 3.
The dinner is organised by the Dayak Bidayuh community via the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA).
Gawai Dayak is celebrated as a sign of gratitude for the rice harvest. The Sarawak state government declared June 1 and 2 each year as public holidays. – BERNAMA