Gawai Exodus 2009
Yes, its that time of the year again. Gawai Dayak 2009 creeps up on me again. Not that I feel like dragging my feet to greet this happy occassion but the middle of the year is the time when its the peak period, workwise. I have recieved several SMSes from my West Malaysian counterparts who wish to hold meetings (even on 1 June 2009), inspect projects and conduct surveys during this period. Omigosh.... i explained to them that half of the offices in Sri Aman are empty now, as some of our officers have gone on Gawai Holiday. Okay, how about on the 3rd June 2009 they counter proposed. In the spirit of One Malaysia I explained to them that Gawai Celebration in Sarawak is one of a kind. Something akin to once in a year family reuinions amongs Dayaks from all over the world. Even weddings are organised at this time. Its not like those religous holidays where those who observe these events conduct their activities only on that particular day. For this Gawai occassion its something of a 'balik kampung' phenomenon where Dayaks (those ethnic groups that fall in this category), around Sarawak, even outside Sarawak, including overseas. Below are some of the 'balik kampung' scenes during pre Gawai in Sibu that I managed to take this morning.
Its the same scene that I get to see every year since I boarded my first express boat as a child. Looking back at my kins in Sri Aman who enjoy better road access to their longhouses, our part of the world still waits with hoping that one day the roads will reach our part of the world. To all celebrants...may your Gawai be merry....Cheers with Ooohaa.