It is the Queen's birthday in the British Commonweath.
Once in Sarawak, we celebrated this too.
When Sarawak joined Malaysia, we celebrate Gawai Day
. It coincided with harvesting and can be considered as
a harvest festival for the natives. It is celebrated in the
1st of June, but is stretched to a week.
Some of my family are Kelabits, orang ulus, Ibans and
Bidayuhs. I wish them a happy occasion.
Here's my niece Ruth dancing their traditional Kelabit dance. It is important to keep one's culture and traditions
|Ruth learned her dance from her mum Elly. Henry and I were doing the modern version of the Nyajat during Charles' birthday,|
Below, I was enjoying my first Nyajat dance, totally oblivious of the camera. We were following the steps of the beautiful Awa.