PreGawai Celebration @ SMK Katibas

Last night, I attended my very first Hari Gawai celebration.
It was held in school.
Very interesting!

For those of you who do not know, 'Gawai Dayak' or 'Hari Gawai' means 'Dayak festival'.
'Dayak' is the collective name for all the ethnic groups of Sarawak.
Actual Hari Gawai celebrations begin from 31 May onwards.

My school student demographic is 99.9% Iban.
All the staff are Iban & a majority of the teachers are Iban too.
So it was natural for a dinner to be held to celebrate this wondrous occasion.

The turnout for the Dayak festival dinner was very encouraging.
People of different backgrounds attended & enjoyed the tasty food.

There was kari ayam, nasi pulut, rendang ayam & etc.
Everything tasted so great!

There was also the Iban 'Pansoh' which was
chicken + herbs cooked in bamboo.
The lightly-seasoned chicken pieces were so tender &
melt-in-your-mouth fantastic!

When Iban men get together, it is customary for them to drink.
There are 2 Iban brews.
They are: Ijuk (made from the bark of a plam tree)
& Tuak (made from rice).
They drank Ijuk that night.
Ijuk has a close resemblance to the sweet type of Japanese sake.

The Ibans love Karaoke!
As a new member of the school, I was 'forced' to sing too...
I sang a song in the Iban language & I had no idea what I was saying.
But I must have done something good coz ppl laughed & clapped at my awkward attempts at dangdut.

It was a wonderful event with great food.

I received invitations to longhouses for Hari Gawai but I had to politely decline because I'll be having a blast in KL by then!
But it'll definitely be something to look forward to maybe next year!
=)

Comments

  1. drooling~

    owh. where are you?

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  2. Anonymous23/5/09 14:24

    u not at KL meh?

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  3. btw, bukan iban saja yg suka karaoke ba...sabahan pun sukaaa~~

    F

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  4. Anonymous23/5/09 15:14

    i thought hari gawai was just to slaughter chickens for the thank-you-god ceremony and collect the paddy . what i didn't know is that they actually celebrate .
    at ulu place got karaoke meh ?

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  5. really or not... how come i don't see YOU in any of the pictures!?

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  6. Aww, blending in with the locals! you're doing a great job there Jarod ;)!

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  7. You and dangdut?
    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!
    I would love to hear that baby!

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  8. Very, very interesting!
    The food looks good!!! =P

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  9. miss that Pansor so much..
    YumYummmmm=)

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  10. Anonymous24/5/09 09:16

    Sounds like a fun night! But the dangdut part.. Hmmm~ Haha!

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  11. Sayda:
    Nice food, eh?
    Not something you have all the time here, mind you...

    Rachel:
    Obviously not.

    Fa:
    Bukan Sabahan atau Sarawakian saja yang suka...
    Orang Cina pun suka!
    Tengok box-box di KL yang berwarna-warni itu!

    Vio:
    What you read in the textbook is not always the truth.
    Most times, the info there is outdated or biased.

    If you have a tv, cd player, microphone & karaoke CDs...
    You can even have karaoke in space!

    WooiLeong:
    If you are really so smart, why dont you try to figure out who took those photos?

    PohLin:
    The locals are not hard to get along with...
    It's those bloody immigrants that are so snobbish!

    Some of the Sibu Chinese guys teaching here can be a pain because they are stuck in a little black box labelled 'pride & prejudice'!

    Trish:
    Yes, I do it very well.
    Many ppl were impressed with my skills!
    But sometimes I think they just enjoy watching someone make a fool out of himself.

    Jon:
    Interesting right?

    ShinYi:
    Come la~~
    I make pansor for you every day.

    SuetYet:
    You want to join me in the dangdut?
    Maybe we can do it in Red Box?
    hahaha~~

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  12. Dude,actually its ayam pansoh.

    or.

    manok pansoh.

    hehehe


    Slmt ari gawai!

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  13. are you sure you can?
    hahaaaa
    so far!

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  14. Pame:
    wow~~
    You know your culture!
    =)

    ShinYi:
    Sure can one!

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  15. *drools at the food*

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  16. Anonymous12/6/09 15:52

    I see Wesley! ;p

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  17. M:
    Good... This means you got eyes!

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  18. are you remember anus anak nyerang

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    Replies
    1. That is a name that is hard to forget. I don't remember teaching him though. What of him?

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