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Showing posts with label festival. Show all posts
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My World Tuesday-Sarawak Regatta.

Sarawak Regatta is Kuching’s top boat-racing event, and has 15 different race categories. Traditional Chinese dragon boats, along with other colourful models, are paddled through the waters of the Sarawak River along Kuching Waterfront. The Sarawak Regatta is an annual event held at the Kuching Waterfront at the Sarawak River. This year Sarawak Regatta will be held from 31st July till 2nd August 2009.

Join the crowd for a weekend of watery boat races, sweaty paddlers and enthusiastic crowd which thronged the banks of Sarawak River in the wee hours of the morning to watch paddlers battling their strengths and skills amidst the shouts and cheers.

Watch out for the crowd’s favourite races and the ‘must watch events’, where the ‘Bidar’ boat races take centre stage. Adding to the variety and excitement are the ‘tambang’ boat races, jet-ski races, kayak races and the traditional water sports events. The highlight of these races will be the King of the River title for His Excellency’s the Governor’s Challenge Trophy. The tourist category of a 15 paddlers team and 20 paddlers International category are available to foreign tourists to compete in the race.

A wide array of side events such as tourism, handicrafts, science and technology exhibition trade fairs, cultural and food extravaganza, are an added attraction for this year Regatta. These will certainly bring in more crowd, more excitement, more thrills and spills to the Sarawak Regatta 2009. It will definitely be an event you will not want to miss.

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Most of my photos below are taken yesterday(27 July 2009) Monday.The events are special regatta in conjunction with the visit of VVIP.






Watch out for more pictures next week...HOPEFULLY.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My World Tuesday-Gawai Dayak Festival.


More photos from other parts of the world by visiting this home page MYWORLD

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Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrate only in Sarawak on 1 and 2 June every year and it a public holiday for Sarawakians. It celebrates the end of the rice harvest and is traditionally a time for the community to come together after the hard work is over.

During the celebrtion Ngajat dance is perform to welcome the guests.

An excerpt from the Wikipedia: Gawai Day or Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrated in Sarawak on 1 June every year. It is both a religious and social occasion. The word Gawai means a ritual or festival whereas Dayak is a collective name for the native ethnic groups of Sarawak: Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, and Lun Bawang among others. Thus, Gawai Dayak literally means "Dayak Festival". Dayak would visit their friends and relatives on this day. Such visit is more commonly known as "ngabang" in the Iban language. Those too far away to visit would receive greeting cards. The mode of celebration varies from place to place. Preparation starts early. Tuak (rice wine) is brewed (at least one month before the celebration) and traditional delicacies like penganan (cakes from rice flour, sugar and coconut milk) are prepared. As the big day approaches, everyone will be busy with general cleaning and preparing food and cakes. Christian Dayaks normally attend a church mass service to thank God for the good harvest.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

City of People-Balik Kampung .

Does self drive to kampung please see the above massage.

The express boat terminal @ Kuching.Express boat is one of the popular transportation in Sarawak.
Kuching bus terminal and perhap this coming week end will be crowded.

In Malaysia,those who celebrate Hari Raya living in towns usually go back to their home town or kampung to celebrate Aidil Fitri.This migration from big urban cities to rural areas is known as "Balik Kampung".In Kuching Sarawak this balik kampung phenomenon is not as busy as that happen in Semananjung Malaysia as mood of transport have many choices like Sea,Air and most common is by road.
Balik Kampung it is always the joys when celebrating the Hari Raya together with parents and siblings.
Pandu Cermat Jiwa Selamat.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Have Fun @ Sarawak Regatta 2008.

People come as early as 7 am.
This guy here entertained the crowds by jumping from the building.

This is the second year for the KL Tower base jumping held in Kuching.Same place wisma palita.
Have fun join the events.
The Sarawak regatta attracted huge crowds with spectators lining the Kuching waterfront and the opposite bank of the sarawak river.
Mak Chik here ....just can't stand the heat..just hope those thing


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Kuching Festival Street Parade 2008

The street parade is a parade of cultures with lavish display of multicultural costumes,music and dance to crown the celebrating of Kuching 20th annvesery as a City.Both council the organiser,the council of the city of Kuching South and Kuching City North hall.

The theme for this year is "DOWN THE MEMORY LANE". The wild Cat....
Costume display...
The crowds and Thanks to the RELA for the hard works.
Cat woman Welcome to Kuching City.
qouted from the borneo post::Letter to the editor.

City parade should have been better but …
By Stephen Thomas, KUCHING

AS a Westerner living in Kuching for the last eight years I make it a point of supporting the annual Kuching City Parade.

This year’s parade coincided with the celebrations for the City Day Remembrance Ceremony and therefore I had expected a special effort from the organisers to make it more special than normal. However, that was not the case.

This year’s parade was definitely less spectacular that last year’s with less corporate participants and no floats of any kind. Although I congratulate this year’s participants for their excellent efforts and enthusiasm, it did not make up for the lack of a spectacle and most importantly the total lack of professional organisation.

Surely more should have been done to make this year’s parade a very special one considering that it was linked with the 20th anniversary of Kuching becoming a city!

I am sure that the participants were very demoralised by the long time that they had to wait along the Main Bazaar before moving on to the main show at the Padang Merdeka.

There was a total lack of organisation in the timing of the parade.

I have attended many Citrawarna parades in Kuala Lumpur and as with this city parade in Kuching, the aim is for each group participating to give a short performance in front of VIPs at the end of the parade route.

The Citrawarna parade stops moving whilst the group at the front does its performance in front of the VIPs and whilst it is stopped, the remaining parade groups give their performance to the crowd lining the route…just as was done very successfully with the Kuching City Parade last year.

In doing this, the spectators along the route get a chance to see the performances of each group and the groups themselves get more practice and are motivated before their final performance in front of the VIPs.

The organisers of the Citrawarna Parade and those who organised last year’s Kuching Parade managed to keep the parade moving with no long waits which was not the case this year…so what went wrong this year?

If I were a participant this year I would be very demoralised by the waiting and therefore reluctant to participate in the future.

This year’s organisers must review their procedures and improve for next year. They must look at ‘the big picture’ of the timing of the whole parade from start to finish and not just concentrate on things looking good in front of the VIPs at the very end of the route.

I hope the relevant groups and organisers will view my suggestions constructively.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Rainforest World Music Festival-RWMF 2008.

Wild and Fun would be the two words to describe to the RWMF 2008 aka Rainforest World Music Festival held at the Sarawak Cultural Village.The event is held anually and this year the event is held from 11-13 july 2008.The ticket is sold Rm90.00 per day .
Some people would say that it's too expensive and used that excuse to get away from this events and that include me and most people (rich people) opinion that's be silly because rainforest festival is the best festival.If I'm a foreigners definately Rm90. is cheap but not local people like me.Well I am not really fancy this event and I'm just too old to join the fanatic fans out wonder the organiser did not sale senior citizen ticket(50% discount for senior citizen).
Well I would like to the bloggers whos most of the picture below are taken by them not me...Thank You very Much...have fun out there.........
Wild and Fun by this fanatic fans of RWMF 2008.
The tourist enjoy this festival.
It's common sight to see old and young tourist sleeping side by side during the festival.
Perhap Pak Lah is the oldest fanatic fan of this festival and the ticket sponsor some more.
RWMF is to be celebrated with the whole family..yeah yeah..not for the poor ..(like me) it's for the rich family.
Did I say Fanatic.......and is this something that we Sarawakian feel very proud of..ask yourself.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

World Harvest Festival@Sarawak Cultural Village.

World Harvest Festival 2008 is the event to celebrate the GAWAI.
Gawai day,which falls on the 1st of June evry year,is the day for all Dayak races in Sarawak to celebrate the end of the harvest season.Dayak would visit their friends and relative on this day,such visit in more known as "NGABANG"in Iban language.

Present Day of Gawai Dayak
The word Gawai means a ritual or festival whereas Dayak is a collective name for the natives races in Sarawak; the Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Murut and a few more. Thus Gawai Dayak literally means the Dayak Festival.
The mode of celebrations varies from place to place. Preparation starts very early. Tuak (rice wine) are brewed and traditional delicacies like penganan (cakes from rice flour, sugar and coconut milk) prepared. As the big day approaches, everyone will be busy with the general cleaning and preparing the food or cakes. On Gawai eve, glutinous rice are roasted in bamboo (ngelulun pulut). In the longhouse, new mats will be laid out on the ruai (an open gallery which runs through the entire length of the longhouse). The walls of most bilik (rooms) and the ruai are decorated with pua kumbu (traditional blanket).
The celebration starts on the evening of 31st May. In most Iban's longhouse, it starts with a ceremony called Muai Antu Rua (to cast away the spirit of greediness), signifying the non interference of the spirit of bad luck in the celebration. Two children or men each dragging a chapan or winnowing basket will pass each family room. Every family will throw some unwanted article into the basket. The unwanted articles will be tossed to the ground from the end of the longhouse for the spirit of bad luck.
Around 6 pm, miring (offering ceremony) will take place. Before the ceremony, gendang rayah (ritual music) is performed. The feast chief thanks the gods for the good harvest, ask for guidance, blessings and long life as he sacrifices a cockerel. Dinner will then be served at the ruai. While waiting for midnight, the folks gather and mingle at the ruai and berandau (talk/converse). Meanwhile, drinks, traditional cakes and delicacies are served.
At midnight, the gong is sounded. The tuai rumah will lead everyone to drink the Ai Pengayu (normally tuak for long life) and at the same time wishing each other "gayu-guru, gerai-nyamai" (long life, health and prosperity). A procession up and down the ruai called Ngalu Petara (Welcoming the Spirits) will follow. The celebration by now will get more merrier. Some will dance to the traditional music played. Others will sing the pantun (poems). In the town, the Dayak will gather at the community centres or restaurants for a enliven the evening.
Other activities that may follow the next day include cock-fighting, demonstration of blowpipe skills and ngajat competitions. On this day, 1st June, the homes of the Dayaks will be opened to visitors. In the longhouses, there is a practises called masu pengabang where guests will be served with tuak by the host before they can enter the longhouse. Dayaks will attend a church mass to thanks God for the good harvest. Gawai Dayak celebration may last for several days. Visitors are most welcome to the homes of the Dayaks during the festival.

The enterance to World Harvest Festival 2008 @ Sarawak Cultural Village.

The making of pretty things with palm leaf.

Cultural group from Senggar Tari Bengkawan of Kalimantan Barat,Indonesia.
Maybe you'd like to try your feet at the dance perform by the various ethnic from Kalimatan, Indonesia.
Hello!!!! I'm The Chief of the Sanggar Tari Benkawan.
The woman are noted for their handcraft.

Will show you the way...................

Ethnic Arts.
Time to go to wash room.

Traditional way of making Parang.

Bamboo bridge.

The Bidayuh woman winnows paddy grains to separate the husk.

Ethnic Arts.

The festival will showcase traditional dance music,ethnic costumes.

It's beautiful ...I mean the lady.
Don't be a days musclemen can dance better than woman.

Audience from National Service(PLKN) enjoy the show.

The BahBola group Orang Asli tribes from West Malaysia(Pahang)

Hello!!!!how are you uncle.....
The celebrations.the villagers,dressed in their best.

The young long house warrior.....wearing latest trendy frame glases.
Lovely smile.....Welcome to our long house..Selamat Ari Gawai.
Infectious smiles from beautiflul maidens.

Welcome to WHF2008 to the ladies from PLKN.

The two photos here tell us the long house hospitality.The State of Sarawak celebrates their Harvest Festival or Gawai Dayak which not only marks the bountiful harvest but the begining of the Iban New Year.Ibuk is preparing native cuisine for the guests of WHF08 "Ngabang".

To Iban long house.Ibans aka Sea Dayak.
Rumah Bidayuh.One of the 26-plus ethnic groups in Sarawak is Bidayuh aka Land Dayak.
Welcome to Bidayuh house.
Veranda of Bidayuh house.

Penan hut.
The People ,,PENAN.

Welcome to Orang Ulu Longhouse.
I am Orang Ulu(literally"upriver people"),,the collective name given to the smaller indigenous groups,including Kayan,Kenyah,Kelabit,Berawan,Lun Bawang and Penan.
Veranda of orang ulu long house.

Rumah Melayu(Malay House) @ Sarawak Cultural Village.
Rumah Melanau(Melanau house)@Sarawak Cultural Village. Melanau is from the coastal areas.
Rumah Orang Ulu(Orang Ulu LOng House)@Sarawak Cultural Village.

Sarawak Cultural Village.
Sarawak Cultural Village.

Cultural Concert performer Ell Zain Hyder Zainuddin aka Endang playing "erhu" chinese classical instrument.She has performed at many International event.

Ironman Competition Games .

Visitors also witness the "Iron Man" competition of Sarawak musclemen who compete for the WHF2008 Hercules title.