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The word ‚ÄėDayak‚Äô is a collective term referring to the several hundred sub ethnic groups of indigenous people of Borneo. To name a few major ethnic groups, there are the¬†Iban¬†(Sea Dayak),¬†Bidayuh¬†(Land Dayak) and¬†Orang Ulu¬†(Kelabit, Kenyahs, Lun Bawangs, etc).

Hari Gawai, which falls on the 1st and 2nd of June each year is particularly celebrated by the Ibans and Bidayuhs. It is both a religious and social occasion as this festival marks the end of the harvesting season and it is a festival filled with much singing and dancing as they start a new farming season. It is one of the major festivals the Dayaks celebrate; therefore, most of those who work in the city would return to their village for the celebration.

A month prior to Hari Gawai, most of the locals would prepare the often raved tuak or rice wine. This famous, not-to-be-missed concoction is made of glutinous rice collected from the recent harvest mixed with home-made yeast and is left for fermentation.

Wishing everyone near and far; Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai from all of us at The Granary.

p/s we are open all throughout the festival (1st & 2nd June)

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