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Annual Festival

Gawai Day or Gawai Dayak, a festival celebrated in Sarawak on 1 June every year is both a religious and social occasion. 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 people and a few more. Thus Gawai Dayak literally means "Dayak Festival".

The majority race of Mukah is Melanau. Kaul is a traditional festival celebrated by Melanau in the third week of April, annually. In the past, it was a ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea & land. Today, most of the Malanau people have converted to either Muslim or Christian. Kaul became a social-cultural gathering for Melanau.

The Raft Safari, which started in 1996 and usually takes place at the beginning of April, is more than just a challenging sporting event. As the competitors steer their rafts through the treacherous whitewater, they will -also witness the ethnic diversity and cultural heritage of the indigenous riverine communities. An overnight stay in a local longhouse provides competitors a once-in-a-lifetime insight into the lifestyle of the tribes that call the wild river their life-source and untamed rainforest their home.

The Rainforest World Music festival is an annual festival featuring international, regional and local artists in a three day outdoor event that takes place in mid july, just outside of Kuching, the capitol city of the Malaysian province of Sarawak, on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo.

The anniversary of the declaration of Kuching as a city is celebrated every August. You will surely be entertained throughout this month long festival with activities from a city parade to nightly exhibitions, stage shows, concerts and competitions.

Pesta Benak (Tidal Bore Carnival) in Sri Aman is one of the yearly activities in the Sarawak tourism calendar. The objective of Pesta Benak Sri Aman is to introduce Sri Aman town through tourism and encourage tourist from in and outside the country to visit Sri Aman. Apart from it, Pesta Benak is also to promote harmony among local community.

Held on the Sarawak River at Kuching, the state capital, the annual Sarawak Regatta draws on the country’s rich history and traditions. Originally a contest between different tribes who raced their war canoes against one another, the event is now a great family day out and each year draws huge crowds that line the riverbank. After the traditional canoe races, kayaks and jet-skis take to the water to wow the crowds

People from various cultures all over the world celebrate the gathering of the harvest. Harvest Festivals have been held as long as people have been sowing and gathering food. For Americans, this harvest festival is held on the fourth Thursday of November and is called Thanksgiving.

Experience the unique cultural contributions of the various ethnic groups from around the region, as they converge in Sibu for a weeklong celebration of song and dance at the Sibu Town Square.

Mooncake Festival or 'Tang Lung' is a celebration of peace and prosperity. It is celebrated by Chinese around the world every year on the month of eight of Chinese lunar calendar. Legend has indicated that the secret about a plot against the Mongolians was hidden inside the mooncake and the mooncake was distributed widely. Lanterns were used at night as signals from higher grounds and hilltop.

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