The annual Gawai is to celebrate the harvest June first each year. However the Gawai we were invited to is held only 10-40 years due to the cost involved. This is the Ghost Festival.
Next day off to the Longhouse. As so many family members and goodies were to go we took a moonlighting school mini bas. It took us almost 4 hours to get to Betong, with numerous “smile stops” (our euphemism for toilet stops) and large plates of Kolo mee. If you have never had Kolo mee you haven’t lived. Once at Betong relays of cars took us the remaining 20 min on a sort of road to our destination. Rumah Panjai (Longhouse) Duri Bangat.
…mind women had to prepare non meat stuff…
The rush back was basically so we could party some more with immediate family in Kuching…for a few days. It included a night with our friends sister and we had a special treat with a troop of young people singing Christmas carols and KC and I being dressed as honorary Iban.
This last picture sort of became a natural look after a solid week of partying…and the stuff in the Coke bottle is not coke….and you drink it fast before it melts the bottle.
The whole family came to the airport to see us off and with repeated invitations to return in our ears, we took off bound for KL.
For YouTube coverage of the festival this and related links http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ8IcaFrKkw&feature=related